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Photos: The lotus has bloomed: how BJP supporters backed Narendra Modi with masks and lotuses

Narendra Modi's victory has been possible because of his die-hard fans. Take a look at how they backed him.

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Updated:May 17, 2014, 1:59 PM IST
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Photos: The lotus has bloomed: how BJP supporters backed Narendra Modi with masks and lotuses
Narendra Modi's victory has been possible because of his die-hard fans. Take a look at how they backed him.
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The Narendra Modi fever had spread among BJP supporters across India right from the time the election campaigning had begun. Die-hard party supporters had started flaunting the lotus proudly on goggles, face paint, and hairstyles! The party symbol became quite a rage, and if that wasn't enough, Narendra Modi masks became the next most popular way to show support with the BJP.

Narendra Modi sarees, Narendra Modi smartphones, and Narendra Modi slogans were also seen during these elections. If you missed the masks and the lotus frenzy, here is a quick look at what the party workers and supporters were doing while Narendra Modi was busy campaigning.

An illumination in the shape of a lotus, party symbol of the Bharatiya Janata Party, is formed by the River Ganges in Varanasi, in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, Friday, May 16, 2014. Opposition leader Narendra Modi will be India’s next prime minister, winning the most decisive victory the country has seen in more than a quarter century and sweeping the long-dominant Congress party from power, partial results showed Friday. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)

A boy wearing paper goggles featuring a lotus attends an election campaign rally addressed by Hindu nationalist Narendra Modi, prime ministerial candidate for India’s main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), in Kheralu town in the western Indian state of Gujarat April 28, 2014. The lotus is the election symbol of BJP. Around 815 million people have registered to vote in the world’s biggest election – a number exceeding the population of Europe and a world record – and results of the mammoth exercise, which concludes on May 12, are due on May 16. REUTERS/Amit Dave (INDIA – Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS)

Supporters of Gujarat’s chief minister and Hindu nationalist Narendra Modi, the prime ministerial candidate for India’s main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), wear masks of Modi during a rally being addressed by Modi ahead of the 2014 general elections, in the southern Indian city of Chennai February 8, 2014. REUTERS/Babu (INDIA – Tags: POLITICS).

A Supporter of India’s main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) holds up a mask of Hindu nationalist Narendra Modi, prime ministerial candidate for BJP and Gujarat’s chief minister, during a rally ahead of the state elections in New Delhi November 30, 2013. REUTERS/Anindito Mukherjee (INDIA – Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY).

A supporter of India’s main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) wears a hat and goggles supporting the party’s lotus symbol during a rally being addressed by Hindu nationalist Narendra Modi, prime ministerial candidate for BJP, in the northern Indian city of Agra November 21, 2013. Modi used a large rally in the historic city of Agra on Thursday to push his Hindu nationalist agenda in a key election state where the sizeable Muslim minority eyes his campaign with alarm. REUTERS/Anindito Mukherjee (INDIA – Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS).

An Indian barber applies finishing touches to a lotus hairstyle he designed for a supporter of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the western Indian city of Ahmedabad April 17, 2004. The lotus is the election symbol of the BJP. The national elections in India, in which more than 675 million people are eligible to vote, will be held in five phases from Tuesday. REUTERS/Amit Dave AH/SH

A supporter wearing a mask of Hindu nationalist Narendra Modi, prime ministerial candidate for India’s main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), cheers as Modi arrives to file nomination papers for the general elections in Vadodara in the western Indian state of Gujarat April 9, 2014. Criss-crossing the country for months before the first phase of voting began on Monday, the BJP and its candidate for prime minister, Modi, had mainly campaigned on a ticket of better governance, economic development and job creation. REUTERS/Amit Dave (INDIA – Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

Hindu nationalist Narendra Modi, the prime ministerial candidate for India’s main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), holds a cut-out of Lotus after casting his vote at a polling station during the seventh phase of India’s general election in the western Indian city of Ahmedabad April 30, 2014. Around 815 million people have registered to vote in the world’s biggest election – a number exceeding the population of Europe and a world record – and results of the mammoth exercise, which concludes on May 12, are due on May 16. REUTERS/Amit Dave (INDIA – Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS)

A boy wearing a mask of Hindu nationalist Narendra Modi, prime ministerial candidate for India’s main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), sits as he waits for the start of an election campaign rally being addressed by Modi in Kheralu town in the western Indian state of Gujarat April 28, 2014. Around 815 million people have registered to vote in the world’s biggest election – a number exceeding the population of Europe and a world record – and results of the mammoth exercise, which concludes on May 12, are due on May 16. REUTERS/Amit Dave (INDIA – Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

A supporter of Hindu nationalist Narendra Modi, prime ministerial candidate for India’s main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), wears a mask depicting Modi as he sits before the start of an election campaign rally in the southern Indian city of Chennai April 13, 2014. Modi on Saturday sought to blunt criticism that he is hostile to Muslims, the country’s biggest minority group. REUTERS/Babu (INDIA – Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

Supporters of Hindu nationalist Narendra Modi, prime ministerial candidate for India’s main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Gujarat’s chief minister, wear masks depicting Modi before the start of a rally in New Delhi March 26, 2014. India’s main opposition party would welcome more foreign direct investment in defence, if elected, but would delay opening up big-box retail to global players now barred from the country’s market of more than 1.2 billion people. The nationalist BJP, which opinion polls show is on course to win the most seats in an election starting April 7, would also introduce a general sales tax and overhaul the financial sector, its manifesto is likely to say. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi (INDIA – Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS)

Kashinath Bagh, 52, a worker paints a cut-out of a lotus at a workshop ahead of general elections in Kolkata March 24, 2014. The lotus is the election symbol of India’s main opposition Bharatiya Janata party (BJP). The world’s largest democracy goes to the ballot box next month. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri (INDIA – Tags: ELECTIONS POLITICS SOCIETY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

Kashinath Bagh, 52, a worker ties cut-outs of a lotus after painting them at a workshop ahead of general elections in Kolkata March 24, 2014. The lotus is the election symbol of India’s main opposition Bharatiya Janata party (BJP). The world’s largest democracy goes to the ballot box next month. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri (INDIA – Tags: ELECTIONS POLITICS SOCIETY)

A supporter of India’s main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) shouts slogans as he holds a piece of cloth featuring the party’s lotus symbol during the felicitation ceremony of Narendra Modi at his constituency in Maninagar, near the western Indian city of Ahmedabad December 21, 2012. Modi won a fourth successive term as the chief minister of Gujarat on Thursday, a victory that could launch the prime ministerial ambitions of one of the country’s most popular but controversial leaders. REUTERS/Amit Dave (INDIA – Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS)



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