An Indian politician appeared in the countries Parliament dressed like Adolf Hitler. Indian MP Naramalli Sivaprasa was dressed in a Khaki coat with swastika symbols on his pocket and arm. He also had a toothbrush moustache.
The MP was seen asking for more funds for the development of his state in southern India. He also raised his hand in a Nazi salute for the media. Mr Sivaprasa’s appearance did not trigger any protests from fellow parliamentarians.
He stated that he wanted to send a message to the Prime Minister warning him not to follow Hitler. He complained that Mr Modi had gone back on his word to provide extra funds for his Andhra Pradesh state.
“He does not get the pulse of what people want, and I want to urge him to not be like him (Hitler),” he said.
Mr Modi’s government denies the charge.
In protest, Mr Sivaprasa’s powerful regional group, The Telugu Desam Party, broke their alliance with Mr Modi’s government in March. It also unsuccessfully tried to bring down the government through a no-confidence motion last month in Parliament.
Mr Naramalli Sivaprasa used to dress up in different costumes, like a cattle herder, a farmer, a Muslim cleric and a woman, in order to press different issues.
Hitler remains a figure of fascination in India, where the Holocaust is not well known and is widely seen more as a strong leader than a genocidal dictator.
His book, Mein Kampf, can be found in many bookstores, and bootleg copies are regularly sold in the streets of New Delhi and other large cities.