The Hush Post|12:00 am|1-min-read
Prime Minister, Narendra Modi may have to run against a candidate who is almost his mirror image, Abhinandan Pathak. Modi’s lookalike, Pathak on Friday filed his nomination papers from Varanasi as an independent candidate. Further, he added that he will support Congress president Rahul Gandhi, if he wins.
Also called as ‘Chhota Modi’ by his friends, Pathak said, he would file his nomination papers against the PM in Varanasi on April 26. While Lucknow goes to polls on May 6, voting will take place in Varanasi on May 19.
However, PM Modi, who is the sitting MP from Varanasi, is also set to file his nomination for the constituency on April 26.
Pathak said he was inspired by the PM but not convinced by his government’s decisions.
“Mann ki baat kehne wale ne mann ki baat suni nahi (PM didn’t hear what people wanted). The PM failed to fulfil his promises,” said Pathak.
He is also known for dressing and speaking like the Prime Minister. He even begins his speeches with modi cliche ‘Mitron’. But after he ditched the BJP-led NDA constituent Republican Party of India (Athawale) last year, the similarities started ending there.
“Since I look like Modiji, people will always ask me where are the ‘acche din‘ (good days), as promised by Modiji ahead of the 2014 Lok Sabha election. Hurt by seeing problems of the common man, I left the BJP’s ally to join Congress last month,” he had said last year.
Pathak had earlier participated in door-to-door canvassing for the BJP during the Gorakhpur bypoll which the party eventually lost.
51-yr-old Pathak has a master’s degree in Hindi from Allahabad University. He belongs to Saharanpur and has been living in Lucknow for the past several years.