Congress wants BJP derecognised over ‘Har Har Modi’ slogan

Says use of Lord Shiva’s portrait at Narendra Modi’s rally in Varanasi is not permissible under Model Code of Conduct

March 27, 2014 06:56 pm | Updated November 16, 2021 06:23 pm IST - New Delhi

File photo shows Narendra Modi supporters in Varanasi.

File photo shows Narendra Modi supporters in Varanasi.

The Congress on Thursday moved the Election Commission against the BJP for using Har Har Modi slogan in Varanasi from where Narendra Modi is contesting the Lok Sabha polls, saying use of religion is against the provisions of the Model Code of Conduct.

Demanding derecognition of the BJP and action against Mr. Modi, the Congress said despite the opposition party denying that Har Har Modi, Ghar Ghar Modi is its official slogan, party workers in Varanasi continue to use it.

The Congress said Mr. Modi addressed a public rally in Varanasi where the portrait of Lord Shiva was used as a backdrop of the stage, which is not permissible under the Model Code.

“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 Congress memorandum signed by K.C. Mittal of its Legal Department read.

The Congress alleged that use of the slogan seems to be part of the BJP’s strategy to “present” Mr. Modi as Lord Mahadev to exploit religious sentiments of people for electoral gains.

Referring to media reports, it claimed that the BJP has organised 400 mobile vans with LCD TVs installed, along with Har Har Modi, Ghar Ghar Modi slogan.

It said the BJP has now come up with a new slogan Dil mein Modi, ghar mein Modi, Kashi ke kan kan mein Modi (Modi in every heart, Modi in every home; Modi everywhere in Kashi).

“The new slogan also aims at arousing religious sentiments and feelings of the people... Kan kan mein Bhagwan (God is omnipresent) is a well known religious slogan...” the memorandum said.

It claimed the BJP’s official slogan Abki baar, Modi sarkar (this time Modi government) too cannot be used as it is “unconstitutional and undemocratic”.

“In Indian democracy, the system of political parties alone has a legal sanction to form government and not any individual,” it said.

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