Out of sight is out of mind. It seems politicians in India take this thought very seriously and never lose an opportunity to project their face and name, even at the risk of irritating the public forever. Probably, they also believe that their photos can win more votes than their works for the people. Sometimes, when they don’t project themselves on their own, their followers do that to show their devotion for the leaders. While all politicians love to project themselves, here we have the list of five very popular politicians who have either themselves projected their face or their supporters have done that for them in the last few years:
1. Sonia Gandhi
Puducherry government on Tuesday proposed to offer subsidised cement to low and middle income groups people and name the scheme after Congress president Sonia Gandhi. The Congress president was also in news in 2014 when a Congress legislator from Andhra Pradesh built a ‘Goddess Sonia’ statue, depicting her as ‘Telangana Talli’ (Mother of Telangana) to show his devotion towards the leader
Late Jayalalithaa’s image was displayed prominently on almost all schemes of her government in Tamil Nadu.Late Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa was omnipresent in the state. From salt to canteens to pulses to cement, several schemes were named after her. Not only this, her photo was prominently displayed on almost all items distributed by her government.
Though former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister projected himself as a ‘development-oriented’ leader, Akhilesh never shied away from putting his image on most of the schemes of his government — be it Samajwadi cycles, school bags or laptops. Interestingly, Akhilesh also used the image of his father and former Samajwadi Party president Mulayam Singh Yadav prominently along side him.
As Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, BSP supremo Mayawati was attacked by the opposition for using public funds for building ‘elephant parks’ and statues of Dalit icons like Babasaheb Bhim Rao Ambedkar and Kanshi Ram. Mayawati also became probably the first politician in the country to have installed her own statues alongside these icons in the state.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi likes to take selfies and his face is used prominently in all government initiatives. In February 2015, some Modi supporters built a temple with his statue as the God in a village located around 300 miles from Ahmedabad. However, the temple was dismantled after a rap from the Prime Minister. Last year, he was in the news after Khadi India used his image in place of Mahatma Gandhi on its calendar. However, the opposition alleged that the PM did it deliberately. It didn’t stop here. After the completion of three years of Modi government at the Centre this year, BJP is celebrating ‘Modifest’ across India.