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Auto driver with 125 Sonia tattoos

Ashok Pandit, an ardent fan of Sonia Gandhi, has tattooed her image on his chest all over.

india Updated: Jan 21, 2007 01:06 IST

An auto-rickshaw driver in Rajasthan has Congress president Sonia Gandhi's name tattooed on his chest at least 125 times although he is not a party member.

Ashok Pandit, who lives in Pali town, reveres Gandhi like a goddess.

"According to me, today's politicians can go to any extent to get undue benefits. Amid them Sonia is one leader who has even refused the post of prime minister for the welfare of the country," said Pandit.

She had the spirit of sacrifice missing in other leaders, he said, referring to Gandhi's refusal to accept the prime minister's post when her party came to power in New Delhi in 2004.

Pandit also has posters of Gandhi pasted inside his vehicle.

It was at a fair that he got Gandhi's name tattooed on his chest 125 times - not only an expensive process at Rs 500 but also a painful one.

"My only wish is to meet Sonia Gandhi personally," Pandit said.

Indo-Asian News Service