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India official told to cover statues ahead of poll

India official told to cover statues ahead of poll

Indian workers using truckloads of cloth are racing to comply with election officials who ordered a flamboyant state leader to cover a dozen large statues she erected of herself.
The Election Commission says the statues of Mayawati, who uses one name and is a hero to India's lowest castes, were built using public money and their display violates rules for next month's election in her Uttar Pradesh state.
State chief electoral officer Umesh Sinha said Monday the order is intended create a level playing field for all political parties.
Sinha said the statues must be covered by Wednesday. The Election Commission said about 200 large statues of elephants, her party's symbol, must also be covered.