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Lok Sabha Elections: Varanasi Rejects Comedian Shyam Rangeela’s Nomination

On Wednesday, comedian Shyam Rangeela, who stood against Prime Minister Narendra Modi as an independent from Varanasi, had his affidavit rejected by the Election Commission of India (ECI).

The website of the vote commission states that, of the 55 candidates, the affidavits of 15—including PM Modi and Congressman Ajay Rai—were approved while the forms of 36 nominees were denied.

On Tuesday, Shyam Rangeela, an independent contender from Varanasi, submitted his candidacy. Additionally, the comedian-mimic claimed that he was stopped from filing his candidacy paperwork.

On the day Prime Minister Modi filed his candidacy papers, Rangeela informed reporters that he had been trying to register his nomination since May 10 but had been refused entry to the district magistrate’s office.

Rangeela, who was formerly a supporter of Prime Minister Modi, had previously said that he chose to run for office from Varanasi because he felt that things had changed in the previous ten years.

“I supported Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2014.” I posted a lot of videos that backed the prime minister. Videos disparaging Arvind Kejriwal and Rahul Gandhi were also circulated. When one sees them, one may declare that for the next 70 years, they are the only party they would vote for. But in the past ten years, things have altered. “I will now run as an independent candidate against the Prime Minister in the Lok Sabha elections,” he said.

Rangeela rose to prominence on a comedy program by impersonating Congress President Rahul Gandhi and Prime Minister Modi.

On June 1, Varanasi will hold its seventh and final round of elections.

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