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Modi addresses his supporters during a rally in Itanagar

Hindu nationalist Narendra Modi, prime ministerial candidate for main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Gujarat's chief minister, addresses his supporters during a rally ahead of the general election in Itanagar in the northeastern Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh March 31, 2014. India, the world's largest democracy, will hold its general election in nine stages staggered between April 7 and May 12. REUTERS/Stringer (INDIA - Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS)

Modi's different avatars during election campaign

Bharatiya Janata Party's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi in recent interviews cited reasons for him not wearing a skull cap. He was much criticised in 2011 when he refused to put on a 'skull cap' offered by a Muslim cleric during his 3-day sadbhavana fast in Ahmedabad.

Defending his decision not to wear the skull cap, Modi said that he respected his own traditions as well that of others. He emphasised that he can't hoodwink people by wearing such skull caps and that he won't wear one just to appease people. His remarks triggered controversy as critics pointed out that he has been wearing headgears of different religions, except the skull cap. This is Modi's subtle way of sending a message to a particular minority community, the critics argue.

As the elections are approaching, Modi, who has been campaigning in different parts of the country, is seen clad in different attire every day, trying to connect to people of different regions and religions.

Let's take a look at Modi's changing avatars during the election campaign for Lok Sabha.