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Two Shankaracharyas to blow anti-Modi bugle in Varanasi

Two Shankaracharyas to blow anti-Modi bugle in Varanasi
While Puri Shankaracharya Swami Adhokshjanand Devtirath has blamed Modi for 2002 Gujarat riots, Dwarka Shankaracharya Swami Swaroopanand Saraswati has also been his critic since long and had taken him on recently for ‘Har Har Modi’ slogan, inspired by a religious incantation, raised by his supporters.

‘I will go to Varanasi and expose him,’ Swami Adhokshjanand said, adding those who divide people to come to power should be exposed.

Modi is pitted against AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal and Congress candidate Ajai Rai in the temple town.

He said he would not campaign for any particular party but just wanted that secular parties should win.

Aides of Swami Swaroopanand said the octogenarian pontiff would not be able to personally campaign against the Gujarat Chief Minister due to his poor health and age but his close associate Swami Avi Mukteswaranand would do so on his behalf.

He had protested against RSS against ‘Har Har Modi’ slogan, saying it amounted to ‘worship’ of a man and ‘god will stop Modi’ if it was not stopped.

Sensing a religious controversy, Modi had immediately asked his supporters to refrain from raising such slogans. The Puri Shankaracharya said Modi has committed ‘sins’ and no justice-loving person can ever ‘like’ him.

The Shankaracharya said he had himself gone to Gujarat and witnessed the situation after the 2002 riots.

He charged RSS used religion in order to mislead the people. He said it should come to the fore as a political organisation rather than a social-cultural body.

The Shankaracharya said BJP leaders were already issuing statements which were creating tension in the country. Meanwhile, ‘given its wide powers, the EC can direct political parties to withdraw candidates who vitiate the atmosphere after specific warning.

‘Filing FIR against any person assessed guilty of vitiating the atmosphere is grossly ineffective as such FIR don’t reach any conclusion in terms of penal sentencing and remain only a proforma threat,’ Tyagi said in the letter. He added that had the EC countermanded elections of one or two constituencies where hate speeches were given or cancelled the candidature of candidates, no would have ‘dared to violate’ the model code of conduct.

‘It reminds of T N Seshan’s days when in May 1991, the election of the then chief minister of UP Mulayam Singh Yadav was countermanded for violation of model code of conduct and similar actions are required in the above mentioned cases,’ Tyagi said.
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