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Why are these elephant statues under wraps in India?

It's not the latest Christo exhibit, but a matter of political fairness, according to India's Election Commission. The commission ordered the covering up of these statues, the symbol of the Bahujan Samaj Party, ahead of next month's elections in the state of Uttar Pradesh.

The commission believes the visibility of the statues and dozens of others may sway voters, and create an un-level playing field. Mayawati, the chief minister of Uttar Pradesh, India's most populous state, has constructed huge public parks in Noida and in the state capital of Lucknow over her 5 years in power. The parks are strewn with statues of herself, other historical figures and also of the Bahujan Samaj Party's symbol, the elephant.

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