Strongly opposing the 'Har Har Modi' slogan coined by BJP supporters to hail their prime minister candidate Narendra Modi, Union minister Salman Khurshid has requested the Election Commission to take cognisance of it.
A vendor arranges masks of BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi at his shop in Ranchi. (PTI Photo)
"We respect democracy, but God is above it...I request EC to take cognisance of the slogan used by BJP," Khurshid told reporters in Farukhabad on Saturday.
BJP carders have coined the slogan 'Har Har Modi, ghar-ghar Modi', which is being used by them widely during Modi's campaign and rallies.
Quoting a BJP leader's claim that "even God could not stop Modi from becoming PM," he said the party has forgotten the tradition of the country where no one is above God.
On Congress leader Satpal Maharaj joining the BJP, Khurshid said it was unfortunate.
"It's unfortunate that he joined BJP...The aged leaders are not getting their due in BJP...Let's see what treatment he will get," Khurshid added.
Dwarka Peeth Shankarachayra Swaroopanand Saraswati also has raised objection to the slogan 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 Digvijaya 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.
"After learning about it, I called up Bhagwat yesterday (Saturday) 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 on Sunday.
"In his reply, Bhagwat claimed that RSS is always against man-worshiping. He also claimed that such chanting is done out of over enthusiasm by some supporters, and it is not an intentional effort by BJP," said Swaroopanand.
However, he remains unconvinced by the explanation given by Bhagwat.
"If RSS doesn't endorse man-worshipping then why it has not done anything to stop such activities?...Why Modi is not opposing it from the very first moment," he asked.
The slogan has also angered other political parties which have raised objections against it.
"People say that no one can stop Modi. But, if such activities continue, God will stop him," said Swaroopanand.
He pointed out an instance of "deification" of Modi in Chhattisgarh.
"Some youth BJP leaders in Chhattisgarh removed a 'shivling' from the temple and installed Narendra Modi's photo into it. They must refrain from indulging in Vyakti-Puja," the Shankaracharya said.