A controversy has broken out over the slogan "Har-har Modi, ghar-ghar Modi" and religious seers and local intellectuals have raised objections over the slogan that likens Modi to Lord Shiva.

The party has officially distanced itself from it. However, angry Samajwadi Party workers on Monday smeared posters of Modi with black paint.

The Samajwadi Party workers accused the BJP of equating Modi to ‘Mahadev’ (Lord Shiva). The Samajwadi Party supporters and workers have also released posters mocking it.

“Thar-thar Modi, dar-Dar Modi (Modi is afraid, shivering),” the posters carried out by Samajwadi Party said.

While the BJP had been using the slogan in many of its public rallies and election campaigns, state leaders abandoned the slogan on Sunday in wake of the controversy.  

Opposition parties slammed BJP for equating Modi with Lord Shiva. Shankracharya Swaroopanand Saraswati rang up Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh chief Mohan Bhagwat and aired his disapproval of the slogan after which the BJP said the slogan was not its official one.

It said that the official slogan is ‘Abki Baar, Modi Sarkaar’ (This time, Modi government).

(Agencies)

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