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BJP won't use 'blasphemous' slogan 'Har Har Modi' during election campaign after opposition from section of Hindus

March 24, 2014

The controversial slogan 'Har Har Modi, Ghar Ghar Modi' has now been dropped by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), after stiff opposition in the heart of Hinduism--Uttar Pradesh.

The slogan was coined to promote BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi.

But it caused anger among sections of Hindus in North India, as it replaces the original 'Har Har Mahadev' in which the word Mahadev is meant for Lord Shiva.

Hindu religious leaders were also fuming over the BJP leader's growing cult and the alleged tampering with the original slogan.

The religious seer Shankaracharya Swaroopanand Saraswati had objected to the use of the slogan and talked to RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat about it.

The opposition parties were also critical of the BJP's campaign. Modi's posters were blackened in Varanasi for the use of this slogan. Also, the Election Commission was informed by Congress. Facing stiff opposition and wide condemnation, BJP reluctantly withdrew it.

Modi himself tweeted and requested his 'enthusiastic supporters' to stop using 'Har Har Modi'. But some defiant BJP leaders continue to say that there is nothing wrong in it and say that the Hindu seer is pro-Congress.

BJP leader form Bihar Sushil Modi said that if one seer objects to it, another seer can okay it. Narendra Modi is contesting the election from Varanasi, the city that represents Hinduism for centuries. In this city, such a campaign was likely to have backfired and angered Hindus.

TIH Bureau


Finally, Narendra Modi contesting from Varanasi: Will it set off Hindutva wave in UP, propel BJP to power in the Centre?

March 16, 2014

It is final now. Narendra Modi is fighting the Lok Sabha election from Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh.

Varanasi, also known as Benares, is the ancient seat of learning and the holy town for Hindus.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) hopes that with there will be Hindu consolidation in UP, the most populous state in India.

In the last Parliamentary election, the BJP had won just 10 seats from this state. UP sends 80 MPs to the Lok Sabha.

UP is crucial in the BJP's scheme of things, if the party intends to form government at the centre. But is it so easy? With the Gujarat Chief Minister contesting from UP, the party hopes to replicate NaMo magic in UP also.

The cadre is energised. The RSS has thrown itself in the campaign. The upper caste that was split between Congress, SP and BSP, is now shifting back to BJP. Many backward castes can also turn towards the BJP now because of Modi's 'charisma'.

There is also hope that disenchantment with Samajwadi Party (SP) government during the Akhilesh Yadav tenure, can turn the tide in favour of SP. UP has three major electoral blocks. The first is Dalits who constitute 22% vote and most of them support BSP's Mayawati.

The Muslims constitute 20% of the state's population. Till now they were solidly behind SP but after Muzaffarnagar riots the shift has begun. The BSP and Congress were getting Muslim votes too. But now there will be more split and it will help BJP.

The Yadavs number 12%. Most of them support SP. But a tiny fraction can support Modi. The backwards are split into several groups. The Jats who support Ajit Singh's RLD have got reservation and this recent UPA decision can bring them towards Congress also.

The Upper Caste shift can help BJP. The Brahmins, Banias and Thakurs constitute 15% populace. If majority of this electorate goes towards BJP, then it will certainly help the party. The opinion polls suggest a mood towards BJP in the middle-class and upper caste Hindu population.

Rajnath Singh  hopes to ride over the NaMo popularity wave and has been fielded from Lucknow, replacing Lalji Tandon. Modi has forced Murli Manohar Joshi to leave his constituency and shift to Kanpur. Riot-tainted politicians have also been given ticket, which goes against the party's tall claims.

But it is too early to write off others. BSP has a rock solid vote bank. Muslims can do tactical voting as BJP's victory is seen as an ominous future. Narendra Modi is still associated with the Gujarat carnage of the year 2002. SP is down but not out.

Congress is far behind, as even the AAP is giving it a tough fight. One thing is certain, the election is going to be interesting and tough. BJP cadre is enthused and there are reasons for it. Right now there is advantage BJP. But it will be premature to say that the party will sweep UP in 2014 polls.

TIH Bureau


AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal terms Times Now, two other TV channels as 'paid media', biased and 'sold out' to Narendra Modi

March 14, 2014

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Arvind Kejriwal on Friday has that Times Now, Zee News and and India TV as 'paid media'.

He accused these three channels of running a campaign for BJP leader Narendra Modi.

Kejriwal made the sensational remark on Friday. He said that the media was sold out, biased against AAP and was favouring Modi.

The other AAP leaders defended Kejriwal for his comments and said that paid media should be exposed as it is against the interest of the nation. They also questioned how media groups were not critical of Modi but kept targeting Kejrwial.

The charge is that certain TV channels had taken money to promote Modi ahead of the Lok sabha election 2014. AAP leader Sanjay Singh too said that Zee News was repeatedly showing fake stories about the AAP. He said that baseless news was being shown on Zee.

But Kejriwal's comment that 'media was sold out' upset journalists. He also said that he would send media men to jail if his party manages to form government anytime in future. Later, AAP leaders denied the statement and said that it was in context of certain TV channels who were blatantly 'Modi bhakt'.

Former journalist and AAP leader Ashutosh said that Kejriwal didn't target the media. Kejriwal himself went back on his words and said that he couldn't be upset with the journalists. The Broadcast Editors' Association (BEA) condemned Kejriwal for his accusation of media being sold out.

Political parties including BJP, Congress and CPI have also condemned the statement. However, AAP leader Ashutosh said that BEA should first get an investigation done to find out the charges of paid media, before condemning the statement.

TIH Bureau


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