New Delhi/Mumbai: In what appears to be an attempt to promote its Hindutva ideology, the Bharatiya Janata Party has put up poster boy Narendra Modi’s ‘Hindu nationalist’ billboards in Mumbai. The Gujarat Chief Minister had stirred up a storm last week by his ‘puppy’ analogy and stating that he is a Hindu nationalist.

The ‘glossy’ message has been reportedly put up by Mumbai BJP chief Asish Shelar and the billboard reads – “Main deshbhakt hoon. Main Hindu rashtravadi hoon (I am a patriot. I am a Hindu nationalist).”

The billboard also displays the Gujarat CM along with the background bearing Parliament’s image and lotus – the saffron party’s symbol.

In an interview last week Modi had said, "I'm a nationalist. I'm patriotic. Nothing is wrong. I'm a born Hindu. So yes, you can say I'm a Hindu nationalist," he said, and added, “As far as being progressive, development-oriented, workaholic ... there's no contradiction between the two. It is one and the same image.”

Talking on the issue, senior BJP leader Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said that the hoardings bearing Modi’s remarks and views are not a part of any authorized poll campaign.


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