Eighty years since his election to the Reichstag, Adolf Hitler is having another pop at power - this time, in India.

The unfortunately named Adolf Lu Hitler, a 54-year-old father of three has won three elections in the northeast
state of Meghalaya.

But he insists his name is nothing like that of the brutal Nazi dictator. "I am aware at one point of time Adolf Hitler was the most hated person on Earth for the genocide of the Jews. But my father added `Lu' in between, naming me Adolf Lu Hitler, and that's why I am different," Hitler told AP.

And while his name causes barely a raised eyebrow at home, it has caused immigration officials to double-take when he travels to countries like the US.

"I never had problems obtaining a visa but I was asked many times during immigration as to why I should have such a name. I told the immigration staff I possibly didn't have a role in my naming," he said.

According to AP, among the 345 contestants running for the state assembly are Frankenstein Momin, Billykid Sangma, Field Marshal Mawphniang and Romeo Rani.

Some, like Kenedy Marak, Kennedy Cornelius Khyriem and Jhim Carter Sangma, are clearly hoping for the electoral success of their namesake American presidents.

Lu Hitler is not the only namesake of the Nazi dictator in India. A men's clothing shop, with a swastika for a logo, was asked to change its name from "Hitler" by offended locals in Ahmedabad in Gujarat province.

Proprietor Rajesh Shah claims he was unaware that the name may cause offence. "Until the time we applied for the trademark permission, I had only heard that Hitler was a strict man," he told the Times of India.

"It was only recently that we read about Hitler on the internet." He has since agreed to change the name.

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    One of the two Indian owners of the 'Hitler' clothing store - Rajesh Shah - poses in a T-shirt adorned with an image of Indian freedom icon Mahatma Gandhi, in front of his shop in Ahmedabad on August 28. Members of the Jewish community in the western Indian state have urged the shop owners to change the name of the store, which was opened on August 19. Prior to this a banner with the wording "Hitler opening shortly" was used by Shah and his co-owner to publicise the opening of the shop. (Sam Panthaky, AFP / Getty Images)

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    Rajesh Shah poses with a visiting card at his shop in Ahmedabad on August 28, 2012. (Sam Panthaky, AFP / Getty Images)

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    Adolf Hitler in Munich in the spring of 1932. (Heinrich Hoffmann / Archive Photos / Getty Images)

  • Hitler Clothing Store Outrages Everyone

    One of the two Indian owners of the 'Hitler' clothing store - Rajesh Shah - (C) arranges clothing in his shop in Ahmedabad on August 28, 2012. (Sam Panthaky, AFP / Getty Images)

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    A general view of the 'Hitler' clothing store in Ahmedabad on August 28, 2012. (Sam Panthaky, AFP / Getty Images)

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    Adolf Hitler and Heinrich Himmler, circa 1933. (Hulton Archive / Getty Images)

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    A security guard looks on from the roof of the 'Hitler' clothing store in Ahmedabad on August 28, 2012. (Sam Panthaky, AFP / Getty Images)