Giant elephant statues in India are hidden over local politics

Workers in India's Uttar Pradesh state have been ordered to cover all statues of Chief Minister Mayawati and her party symbol - an elephant - to comply with elections.

Giant elephant statues in India are hidden over politics

'Irrelephant'. Workers in India's Uttar Pradesh state are tasked with covering the giant elephant statues that pay tribute to Chief Minister Mayawati's party, to comply with elections. Ambedkar Memorial Park in Lucknow, India. Source: AP

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.

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