Posters have emerged in Gorakhpur, showing Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi as ‘Baahubali’. Interestingly, Gorakhpur is the bastion of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath. According to a report in Rajasthan Patrika, the poster describes Gandhi as 2019 Lok Sabha Election’s ‘Jan-Yoddha’ (Warrior of the public). It also shows terrorism, corruption, poverty, Maoism, violence, hooliganism, unemployment, crime, crime against women and felony in form of Raavan.

In the poster Raavan can be seen running after seeing Rahul Gandhi. The poster has been put by the members of the Indian National Congress. Pinning their hopes on the Gandhi scion, the part members have written one popular Hindi song on the poster – “Hum honge kamyaab ek din, mann me hai vishwas poora hai vishwas…” (We will be successful in winning the elections one day, we strongly believe this)

Earlier, before the UP Assembly elections commenced, Congress workers in Gorakhpur had borrowed a cult dialogue from the film Karan Arjun to adorn a campaign poster of their party president Sonia Gandhi.

The poster showed Sonia Gandhi wearing a white sari — similar to the one that Rakhi wore in the film — and saying: “Mere Karan Arjun (Rahul, Akhilesh) BJP aur BSP ko haraayenge” (My Karan Arjun will come and will defeat BJP and BSP). The visual was the brainchild of District Congress President Anwar Husai

Ahead of the state assembly polls, posters and hoardings of former Uttar Pradesh chief minister Mayawati in the form of Hindu goddess Kali and holding the chopped off head of union Human Resource Development Minister Smriti Irani had surfaced in Hathras, leading to a political furore.

While, BJP’s Keshav Prasad Maurya was depicted as Lord Krishna and his rivals, including Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, as Kauravas in posters hoardings in Varanasi.