The Congress this Thursday informed the Election Commission about BJP complaining that it’s official slogan “Abki baar, Modi sarkar” was unconstitutional and its supporters were using slogans with religious connotations which are a complete violation of the model code of conduct.
In a memorandum to the Chief Election Commissioner V.S.Sampath, K.C. Mittal of the Congress legal department, sought de-recognition of the Bharatiya Janata Party and action against its prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi. The memorandum said Modi had addressed a public rally in Varanasi where the portrait of Lord Shiva was used in the backdrop. Citing media reports, it said supporters of BJP had given a new twist to the “har har Modi (Hail Modi)” slogan and were using the slogan “Dil mein Modi, Ghar mein Modi, Kashi ke kan kan mein Modi (Modi in heart, Modi in home, Modi in every part of Kashi)”.
“Lord Shiva or Mahadev and the ancient Kashi Vishwanath temple at Varanasi have religious sanctity throughout the world. Hindus and all devotees of Lord Mahadev chant ‘Har Har Mahadev, Ghar Ghar Mahadev’ with deep sense of devotion to seek blessings of the Lord. No human being can replace Lord Mahadev in the said chant,” the memorandum said. It further said that the BJP supporters had been chanting “har har Modi, ghar ghar Modi” slogan. “It also seems to be part of BJP’s strategy to present Modi as Lord Mahadev to exploit religious sentiments of people for electoral gains and polarise votes,” the party added.
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