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Mask your politics, make it clear

Vishakha Saxena, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, April 16, 2014
First Published: 18:44 IST(16/4/2014) | Last Updated: 20:49 IST(16/4/2014)

True Narendra Modi, Rahul Gandhi and Arvind Kejriwal supporters never hide. They wear masks of their leaders and go around drumming up support for them.

Here is our photo essay on supporters of various politicians wearing masks of their leaders:

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School childeren wear masks of BJP's PM candidate Narendra Modi, Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi and AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal in Allahabad. The three men have dominated election news. (PTI photo)

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Children wear masks of political leaders in Allahabad. (PTI photo)


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A vendor makes the most of election season by selling masks of various political leaders in Chennai. India's Lok Sabha elections are largest in the world. There are 81.4 crore voters who will have to wait till May 16 to know the results of the elections. (PTI photo)

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Nandan Nilekani, Congress candidate from Bangalore South, had a successful career at Infosys and led a goverment-backed initiative to provide I-cards to all Indians. Nilekani's clean image and success in corporate world make him a leading face of a new brand of Indian politicians. In this photo, a supporter wears a mask depicting Nilekani. (PTI photo)

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Buddhist monks wear masks of Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar in Bodhgaya. Kumar's Janata Dal-United party is fighting elections in Bihar after dropping the BJP as an ally. (PTI photo)

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Women wearing Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje's masks campaign for Lok Sabha elections in Jodhpur on Friday. Raje came back to power in Rajasthan in December 2013 and her party, the BJP, is expected to do well in the Lok Sabha elections too. (PTI photo)

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Supporters of Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa wear masks and hold her party's symbol in Chennai. Jayalalithaa, a 1960s movie star, can play a key role after elections if she wins a good number of the 39 Lok Sabha seats in the state. (Reuters photo)

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Supporters of AIADMK chief J Jayalalithaa wear masks as they gesture in Chennai. Jayalalithaa, who is serving a third term as Tamil Nadu's chief ministerial, has indicated that she has an eye on the prime minister's chair in Delhi. (Reuters photo)

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Supporters of DMK wear masks of party leaders Karunanidhi and MK Stalin during an election rally in Salem. DMK faces an uphill task in Tamil Nadu after MK Alagiri, elder son of Karunanidhi and brother of Stalin, was expelled from the party. Karunanidhi alleged Alagiri was working against the party. (PTI Photo)

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A man wearing AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal's mask arranges party caps ahead of elections in Allahabad. AAP, a party formed over a year ago, has rapidly captured the imagination of many Indians with the clean image of its leaders and innovative campaign style. (PTI photo)

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AAP candidate Aadarsh Shastri, who is a grandson of late prime minister Lal Bahadur Shastri, campaigns along with a supporter wearing a mask of party chief Arvind Kejriwal, in Allahabad. (PTI photo)

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Congress workers wearing masks of party leaders Sonia and Rahul Gandhi at an election rally near the historic Hawa Mahal in Jaipur. The Gandhis are India's most powerful political family but have become targets of their opponents for allegedly promoting dynasty politics. (PTI photo)

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Congress supporters cheer for party vice president Rahul Gandhi at an election rally in Biswanath Charali, Assam. Gandhi has focussed his campaign on the Congress-led UPA government's achievements and has attacked his main rival, BJP leader Narendra Modi, over his alleged communalism. (PTI photo)

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Rahul Gandhi's supporters drum up claps for his speech at an election rally in Biswanath Charali, Assam. Gandhi, who is considered the Congress party's unofficial prime ministerial candidate, has been trying to connect with the youth by speaking about jobs, education and the economy. (PTI photo)

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A fan shows his support for Narendra Modi at the BJP prime ministerial candidate's rally in Chennai. Modi draws huge crowds in his rallies in northern India but in Tamil Nadu his party is a small player and is contesting elections along with four other parties. (Reuters photo)

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A supporter of BJP leader Narendra Modi wears a mask depicting the politician after attending a rally in Gurgaon, Haryana. Modi has held hundreds of rallies since he was declared his party's prime ministerial candidate in September 2013. (Reuters photo)

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A vendor arranges masks of BJP leader Narendra Modi at his shop in Ranchi, the capital of Jharkhand. In Jharkhand, Modi has urged Maoist rebels to give up guns and pick up the plough. (PTI photo)

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School childeren wearing BJP leader Narendra Modi's masks in Allahabad. Modi has led Gujarat since 2002 and has pitched his achievements here to get votes across India. (PTI photo)


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