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Indian MP shocks with Hitler costume protest

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An Indian MP known for dressing up as gone to parliament done up as Adolf Hitler to take the prime minister to task over funding for his state.

An Indian politician has appeared in parliament dressed like Adolf Hitler with a toothbrush moustache and wearing a khaki coat with swastika symbols on his pocket and arm.

His demand - more funds for the development of his state in southern India.

Naramalli Sivaprasad also raised his hand in a Nazi salute for the media on Thursday.

His appearance did not trigger any protests from legislators, however the move has been slammed online.

"An elected MP attended parliament dressed as Hitler - the man who sent millions to their deaths in gas chambers and war. It only caused amusement. Any surprise then that hate is so normalised in India," one Twitter user said.

Indian film actor turned politician Naramalli Sivaprasad, arrives at parliament dressed as Adolf Hitler
Indian film actor turned politician Naramalli Sivaprasad, arrives at parliament dressed as Adolf Hitler
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Sivaprasad says he only wants to send a message to Prime Minister Narendra Modi not to follow Hitler.

"What I am doing will grab attention quickly. It will make people think," he told the BBC

When asked why he chose to dress as Hitler, Mr Sivaprasad said: "I have a reason for everything I do. Hitler never sought anyone's counsel and he did not work for the welfare of people."

It's not the first time Naramalli Sivaprasad has dressed up. He's pictured here as Lord Ram.
It's not the first time Naramalli Sivaprasad has dressed up. He's pictured here as Lord Ram.
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He complained that Modi had gone back on a promise to provide extra funds for his Andhra Pradesh state.

The Telugu Desam Party (TDP) leader is used to dressing up differently - including recent costumes depicting a farmer, a cattle herder, a Muslim cleric and a woman to press different issues.

Sivaprasad, dressed as a Vishwamitra during protest in April.
Sivaprasad, dressed as a Vishwamitra during protest in April.
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Sivaprasad wears sari during a protest demanding a special status for the state of Andhra Pradesh
Sivaprasad wears sari during a protest demanding a special status for the state of Andhra Pradesh
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The controversial MP has come under fire over some of his stunts.
The controversial MP has come under fire over some of his stunts.
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The former actor, 67, has also fronted up at parliament dressed as the Hindu god Rama or Ram, popular spiritual guru Satya Sai Baba and other famous characters from Hindu mythology.

In March, he arrived at parliament house in Delhi wearing a sari, declaring he was an "artiste".

Sivaprasad's fellow TDP party member and parliamentarian, who was also a part of the recent Hitler protests, called Modi "false".

The Indian MP tries his hand as a wizard as part of an earlier protest.
The Indian MP tries his hand as a wizard as part of an earlier protest.
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Members of TDP, who were a part of coalition with the Modi government after the 2014 general elections, pulled back their support of Modi after repeated failed requests of giving special status to Andhra Pradesh state.

Nazi imagery is not uncommon in India - earlier this year Adolf Hitler was featured in a children's book about inspiring world leaders, sparking a complaint from the Simon Wiesenthal Center, a US-based Jewish human rights group.

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