Comedian Shyam Rangeela alleges he was prevented from filing nomination from Varanasi | India News

NEW DELHI: Shyam Rangeela, a well-known comedian, alleged on Tuesday that he was prevented from submitting his nomination papers from the Varanasi Lok Sabha seat.
Rangeela alleged that despite his efforts to file nomination since May 10, he was denied access to the district magistrate’s office on the day Prime Minister Modi submitted his nomination. He also clarified that he is not bringing any team from Sriganganagar to participate in the Lok Sabha elections in Varanasi.
“Winning or losing is a different matter, but I will contest the elections against the Prime Minister at any cost. I am not contesting elections to become famous, I am already very famous among the public,” said Rangeela.
Additionally, Congress leader Surendra Rajput said that everyone, including Prime Minister Modi, has the right to file a nomination. However, Rajput claimed that the administration was not providing Rangeela with the necessary nomination papers.
“Everyone is free to file a nomination including PM Modi. However, other people are not allowed to file their nominations from the constituency. A YouTuber named (Shyam) Rangeela, who wished to file a nomination from Varanasi, isn’t getting nomination papers from the administration. Why PM Modi is afraid of people? Let them contest against you,” said Rajput .
PM Modi, who is now seeking a third term from the constituency, won by a margin of 4.8 lakh votes in 2019 and 3.72 lakh votes in 2014. As of now, 14 individuals have submitted their nominations for the Varanasi constituency, including Congress candidate Ajai Rai and Bahujan Samajwadi Party’s Athar Ali Lari.
Rangeela, a YouTuber and mimic from Hanumangarh, Rajasthan, gained popularity in 2017 for his impersonation of PM Modi.

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