India’s Uttar Pardesh state is something of an elephant hotspot – of the stone monument kind.
But the hundreds of publicly displayed statues that pay tribute to Chief Minister Mayawati and her party symbol – the elephant – are now being covered up in a political exercise.
Election officials have ordered the cover-up until the end of next month’s election in the state.
The Election Commission said the elephant statues – which are defining landmarks in Lucknow, India – were built using public money and could influence votes.
Chief Mayawati is seen as a hero to India’s lowest castes.