India: Lucknow Play Stopped Because Lead Character Resembles Chief Minister Mayawati

A woman named Maya , who loves her solid- gold sandals and has a pet elephant, is the lead character of a play being staged in Lucknow. Not for long. Local officials say the drama has to take a break because of similarities to the Chief Minister, Mayawati, whose party symbol is the elephant.

Lucknow play stopped because lead character resembles Mayawati

India: Lucknow Play Stopped Because Lead Character Resembles Chief Minister MayawatiLucknow:  A woman named Maya , who loves her solid- gold sandals and has a pet elephant, is the lead character of a play being staged in Lucknow. Not for long. Local officials say the drama has to take a break because of similarities to the Chief Minister, Mayawati, whose party symbol is the elephant.

Uttar Pradesh votes soon; the model code of conduct is in place. That means parties cannot announce any policy that could influence voters, and the party in power cannot use public platforms for promotion.

Anil Sagar, the District Magistrate of Lucknow, said that allowing performances of the play, directed by Mukesh Verma, would violate that code. Mr Verma says his heroine is in no way based on the Chief Minister. The elephant in the play eats people on occasion; "what goes in at one end sometimes comes out the other as gold bricks," a character says of the jumbo.

A WikiLeaks cable had US officials claiming that they were told by journalists that Mayawati sent a plane to Mumbai to bring her a pair of her favourite brand of sandals. In recent weeks, the outsized elephants that are herded into public parks that serve as memorials to her have been covered up with plastic sheets upon the orders of the Election Commission.   The elephants, according to the Commission, are an unfair advertisement for Mayawati.  Many parties  including her own  have disagreed, describing the move as excessive and illogical.