Samajwadi Party Chief Akhilesh Yadav today posted a photo of man, a lookalike of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, sharing a meal with him onboard a private plane. This is the second time Mr Yadav has tweeted a photo of the two of them.
The photo of Mr Yadav sitting across the table with Yogi Adityanath’s lookalike, eating poori sabzi, was tweeted with a reminder of the how Yogi Adityanath had Gangajal or holy water from the Ganga river was sprinkled all over the Chief Minister’s residence in Lucknow. It was called a “purification” ceremony.
“The day he cleansed the Chief Minister’s residence after we left, was the day we decided that we will feed him,” the former UP chief minister said.
Akhilesh Yadav was the chief minister of UP from 2012 to 2017. After he vacated the official residence, the bungalow has been stripped bare of all the furniture it housed previously – much of it belonged to Mr Yadav, who took his things along with him when he moved out.
जब उन्होंने हमारे जाने के बाद मुख्यमंत्री आवास को गंगा जल से धोया था तब हमने भी तय कर लिया था कि हम उनको पूड़ी खिलाएँगे! pic.twitter.com/9GubzO1hOW
— Akhilesh Yadav (@yadavakhilesh) May 15, 2019
The bald saffron-robed man, Suresh Thakur, was previously been seen on stage with Mr Yadav during one of his rallies. As Akhilesh Yadav attacked the Yogi Adityanath-government, his lookalike waved at Samajwadi Party supporters.
Earlier this month, the Samajwadi party chief had posted a photo of the man, whom he introduced as “baba”. In a tweet in Hindi, Mr Yadav had said: “We cannot bring fake God, but have brought a “baba” ji. Except Gorakhpur, he will tell the truth about the government to everyone in the state.”
Mr Thakur is an unmistakable lookalike of Yogi Adityanath, who also wears saffron clothes. Before becoming chief minister, Yogi Adityanath represented Gorakhpur in parliament.
On Sunday, 13 constituencies of Uttar Pradesh will go to polls in the seventh and final phase of the national elections. Results will be counted on May 23.
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