New Delhi: Puri Shankaracharya Swami Adhokshjanand Devtirath today said that he would go to Varanasi to ask religious leaders to oppose Narendra Modi, whom he held responsible for the 2002 riots in Gujarat.
Speaking to reporters here, the Shankaracharya claimed that Modi was trying to mislead the people in Varanasi from where he is contesting the Lok Sabha elections.
“A ‘naami gunhegaar' (noted criminal) is contesting from Varanasi and I will be there to expose him,” the Shankaracharya said, adding that those “who divided people to come to power should be exposed.”
He said that he would not campaign for any particular party but just wanted that secular parties should win. “He has committed sins and no justice loving person can ever like him,” the Shankaracharya said.
“Only a few months after Modi took over as Gujarat Chief Minister people had lost their lives in that state...Modi is responsible for a massacre of humans,” the Shankaracharya alleged, adding that he had himself gone to Gujarat and had witnessed the situation after the 2002 riots.