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Panchayat Candidate Promises Virat Kohli as Chief Guest, Brings Duplicate Instead

Sarpanch hopeful in Maharashtra Vitthal Ganpat Ghavate brought a lookalike of Virat Kohli to the rally instead of the real deal. (Photo tweeted by @TheChaoticNinja)

Sarpanch hopeful in Maharashtra Vitthal Ganpat Ghavate brought a lookalike of Virat Kohli to the rally instead of the real deal. (Photo tweeted by @TheChaoticNinja)

Vitthal Ganpat Ghavate, who is contesting for the post of sarpanch in Ramalinga Gram Panchayat in Shirur, promised voters to bring Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli to an election rally on May 25.

New Delhi: Candidates in Indian elections have been known to make outlandish promises and claims. But one panchayat election candidate in Maharashtra has got all of them beat.

According to a report in The Financial Express, Vitthal Ganpat Ghavate, who is contesting for the post of sarpanch in Ramalinga Gram Panchayat in Shirur, promised voters to bring Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli to an election rally on May 25.

(Photo tweeted by @TheChaoticNinja)

Word spread like fire, with billboards and banners with the photos of Ghavate and Kohli put up at several places.

When the day came a huge crowd gathered to meet the cricketing icon. The star guest’s arrival sent fans into a frenzy, with people jostling to click selfies with the skipper, only to realise that Ghavate had arranged for a look-alike of Kohli instead of the real deal.

The gaffe went viral on social media with Twitter user Alexis Rooney’s post.

The real Virat Kohli, meanwhile, had no idea that his name was being used to pull in voters. Fans, however, were only too happy to bring his attention to the entire episode.