Ahmadabad: The comparison of Swami Vivekananda with Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi has irked the Congress. A poster issued by one of the BJP's district presidents - which sought to draw a parallel between Modi and Swami Vivekananda has left the Congress red-faced.

The poster featured both their pictures side by side, with Modi sporting attire similar to that of Vivekananda’s - a saffron turban with a shawl.

A message alongside the images, with Modi mirroring Vivekananda's posture, read: "It's a river of saffron colour, of which Narendra (Vivekananda) is on one bank and Narendra (Modi) is on the other. Let us all soak in the great flow of nationalism and commitment of nation building flowing between the two banks."

The advertisement went on to add "one religious man Narendra spread the light of spirituality, keeping the common man at the centre and the other political man Narendra has spread the light of development, keeping the common man at the centre."

In a cultural function, Fakirbhai Vaghela, state Sports, Youth and Cultural Affairs minister praised Narendra Modi and compared him with Narendranath (Swami Vivekananda). "The glory and power which Narendranath had 150 years back is in our Narendrabhai. Whatever message Swami Vivekananda gave in his life time, Narendrabhai is working hard to realize it," said Vaghela.

Calling it as a brainless act, the Congress contended that both the figures cannot be put on the same stature.

(JPN/ Bureau)