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VHP backs Swaraj over Bhagvad Gita controversy

A senior leader of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad on Tuesday supported Union External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj's proposal that Bhagvad Gita be granted the status of 'national scripture'.

PTI| Updated: Dec 09, 2014, 21:56 PM IST

Mumbai: A senior leader of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad on Tuesday supported Union External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj's proposal that Bhagvad Gita be granted the status of 'national scripture'.

"Bhagvad Gita is the greatest scripture in the world. We support Sushmaji over her statement," VHP functionary Venkatesh Abdeo said here.

Several political parties have criticised Swaraj, saying that her view is against the secular mores of the Indian constitution.

Speaking at a function in Delhi on Sunday, Swaraj had said the Union Government should declare the Gita as 'Rashtriya Granth'.