Indian PM Narendra Modi's wax statue at London’s Madame Tussade, Kejriwal to be next at Delhi’s Tussade centre

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The Madame Tussauds has crafted figures of very distinguished dignitaries from around the world; the latest entries include the Indian PM followed by the Delhi CM.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will join the ranks of prominent global leaders at Madame Tussauds in London, Singapore, Hong Kong and Bangkok soon, and after him it will be its Kejriwal's turn to enter the coveted museum. His figure will be put at the newly inaugurated Delhi centre.

"Madame Tussauds has crafted figures of very distinguished dignitaries from around the world - how could I regard myself worthy of being alongside them? But when I was informed that your decision had emanated from public opinion and public sentiment, I was comforted," Modi said in a statement to the museum.

The wax figures at each of the museum's locations around Europe and Asia will be dressed in Modi's "signature kurta" in cream with a jacket and he will be featured in a traditional pose "making a namaste gesture".

The Indian Prime Minister Modi had given the museum's team of artists and experts a sitting at his residence in New Delhi earlier this year.  "During my sitting, I observed the team carefully and was deeply impressed by its dedication, professionalism and skill. I have visited Madame Tussauds three or four times and had the pleasure of getting me photographed standing next to the figures of various dignitaries," PM Modi said.

"Prime Minister Modi is a hugely important figure in world politics, a position supported by his place in the top 10 of Time Magazine's Person of the Year List 2015," said museum spokesperson Kieran Lancini.

As Arvind Kejriwal also seems to be going Prime Minister Narendra Modi's way, a team of artists working at the Madame Tussauds museum in London will visit Delhi next month to get measurements of Kejriwal for his wax statue that will be on display at India's first wax museum coming up at Connaught Place by 2017. The Delhi gallery of Madame Tussauds is likely to have a local flavour, capturing the cultural diversity of India

The London museum has featured other political figures from India, including wax-works of Jawaharlal Nehru, Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi.

The launch in London and all other centres is expected around late April and it is yet to be confirmed if the Indian PM Modi would be personally unveiling himself in wax at any of the four locations. A new branch of Madame Tussauds is also set to open in New Delhi as part of the India-UK Year of Culture in 2017, announced during Prime Minister Modi's visit to the UK, during November 2015, and the Delhi CM’s figure will be crafted at the India (Delhi) centre.

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