March 24, 2014
BJP won't use 'blasphemous' slogan 'Har Har Modi' during election campaign after opposition from section of Hindus
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.
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