Narendra Modi requests supporters not to chant `Har Har Modi`

Gujarat Chief Minister requested his supporters not to use the phrase `Har Har Modi` in future while referring to him.

Updated: Mar 24, 2014, 17:44 PM IST

Zee Media Bureau/Manisha Singh

New Delhi: Gujarat Chief Minister and BJP`s prime ministerial candidate for the upcoming Lok Sabha polls requested his supporters on Sunday not to use the phrase `Har Har Modi` in future while referring to him.

Narendra Modi posted on the micro-blogging site Twitter - “Some enthusiastic supporters are using slogan "Har Har Modi… I respect their enthusiasm but request not to use this slogan in the future.”

Ever since Modi was declared as BJP`s candidate from Uttar Pradesh`s Varanasi earlier this month, his supporters have been chanting “Har Har Modi` in the `Land of the Gods.`

This has rubbed some people the wrong way, notably the Dwarka Peeth Shankarachayra Swaroopanand Saraswati who raised objection to the slogan in favour of Modi and registered a strong protest with RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat asking him to stop such "vyakti puja" (eulogising of individual).

The Shankaracharya, who is considered close to Congress leaders like Digvijay Singh, is unhappy over the traditional chant "Har Har Mahadev" raised to hail Lord Shiv being "modified" into "Har Har Modi" to spruce up Modi`s campaign, PTI reported.

"After learning about it, I called up Bhagwat yesterday and asked him to stop such chanting, which is an insult to Lord Shiva. I told him that converting `Har har Mahadev` into `Har Har Modi` must be stopped. Instead of worshipping god, it is an attempt to worship a particular human being and is against Hindu religion," Swaroopanand told PTI over phone today.

Bhagwat reportedly told him that the RSS was against the worshipping of a man. He is also said to have told the seer that the slogan being used as a result of over-enthusiastic supporters and was intentional on BJP`s part.
Swaroopanand also questioned as to why Modi had not raised objections to the slogan being used for him.

Meanwhile, opposing the `Har Har Modi` slogan to hail Modi, Union Minister Salman Khurshid today requested the Election Commission to take cognisance of it.

"We respect democracy but God is above it,” Khurshid told reporters in UP`s Farukhabad yesterday.

With PTI inputs