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NEW DELHI: From NaMo to Har-Har Modi, the supporters of BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi have coined many slogans for their hero.
But equating Modi with Mahadev (Lord Shiva) has not gone down well with many sections, including Hindu seers and saints, forcing the BJP to ask its cadres not to use that slogan.
Narendra Modi himself tweeted on Sunday, requesting his supporters not to use the slogan. And the BJP clarified that it was not its official slogan. Instead, the party said, its official slogan is: `Abki Baar, Modi Sarkaar (Time for change, time for Modi).’’
But this didn’t stop protests against Modi.
In Varanasi, Samajwadi Party supporters went on the rampage and smeared Narendra Modi’s posters black. Varanasi is one of the two constituencies from where Modi is contesting parliament elections.
The protesters said that equating Modi with Mahadev was an insult to Lord Shiva.
In fact, the SP protesters put up counter-posters which read: “Thar-thar Modi, dar-dar Modi (Modi is shivering, Modi is scared).’’
The `Har-Har Modi’ slogan had even angered Shankracharya Swaroopanand Saraswati of Dwarka Peeth who wanted it to be stopped immediately.
“After learning about it (the slogan), I called up Bhagwat (RSS chief) and asked him to stop such chanting, which is an insult to Lord Shiva. I told him that converting ‘Har-Har Mahadev’ into ‘Har-Har Modi’ must be stopped. Instead of worshipping god, it is an attempt to worship a particular human being and is against the Hindu religion,’’ the Shankracharya was quoted as saying.