Cleric who offered Modi skullcap to campaign against him in Varanasi

Kheda-based Maulana Mehdi Hasan Baba leaves for Varanasi today.

Written by Tanvir A Siddiqui | Ahmedabad | Published:May 2, 2014 4:20 am

Maulana Mehdi Hasan Baba, who shot to fame during chief minister Narendra Modi’s Sadbhavna event in September 2011 when the latter declined his request to wear a skullcap, is going to embark on anti-Modi campaign in Varanasi ahead of the Lok Sabha polls there.
He is slated to leave for Varanasi on Friday, along with a few friends and well-wishers. Varanasi goes to polls on May 12.

All he seeks from his followers is not money, but volunteers to go and work with him in the campaign against Modi in Varanasi. “Mujhe chanda nahin banda chahiye  (I need people, not money),” said the cleric who terms his campaign as “Bharat Bachao Desh Bachao”.

“I keep travelling with the motive of cleansing dirt from politics, with a message that all good  people should come out together against bad politicians,” he said over the phone from Thasra town of Kheda district. He said he had been holding his spiritual programmes continuously for the past 25 years. “This time, there will be a mission too. We will be asking the people of Varanasi to vote against Modi and save the country.”

He said he feared for the future of the country as politicians and religious leaders hold sway over the society. “These people are spreading sins in the name of religion,” he said. Asked why Varanasi, and not Vadodara, was chosen to oppose Modi, he said:  “I have to save Kashi from such people and save the prestige of Kashi which is the seat and soul of of India’s culture.”

“It is a special mission to help defeat Modi, who wants to set up his one-man government,” he said. There is no BJP or NDA sarkar, but only Modi sarkar being propagated, he added. “Democracy is being misused by politicians for electoral gains. They are bringing down the level of politics itself,” he said.

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    abhi098
    May 2, 2014 at 8:10 am
    this man didnt do anything when mumbai attacks happened. waste fellow.
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      abhi098
      May 2, 2014 at 6:46 pm
      varanasi was the target of 2006 and 2010 blasts. Where was this man that time?
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        AgainstPseudo
        May 2, 2014 at 9:51 pm
        I'll never understand why media never highlight these things as communal.
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          amakant
          May 2, 2014 at 8:17 am
          Abki baar, 300 paar, Modi sarkar!
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            Arup Ghosh
            May 2, 2014 at 4:36 am
            WHO ARE THE BEGGARS ???
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              bnthampu
              May 3, 2014 at 1:56 pm
              ask this musalman to put a tilak and show that he is secular.
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                CUKKOO17
                May 2, 2014 at 11:33 am
                For Muslims it is Religion First then the Nation. This Cleric is lying
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                  derryckfobler
                  May 2, 2014 at 12:18 pm
                  he was the first one to call Godhra train burning a conspricy by people inside the train to malign muslims..
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                    derryckfobler
                    May 2, 2014 at 12:18 pm
                    this proves you cant have sadhbhavna with these guys
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                      devishankar
                      May 3, 2014 at 5:23 am
                      I don't understand why INDIANS think only for RELIGION first and not NATION first.
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                        dipen dutta
                        May 2, 2014 at 10:34 am
                        My good wishes with you, Mr Mehdi.
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                          Hariharan
                          May 2, 2014 at 6:40 am
                          Maulana Mehdi Hasan Babaji,, will you put a tilak???
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                            Jayashree Chakrabarti
                            May 2, 2014 at 12:29 pm
                            Why not ??? funny!! kashi only belongs to U
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                              Justing langer
                              May 8, 2014 at 3:25 pm
                              Some Roughe Citizens are behaving like Taliban, bent on fomenting trouble. As someone mentioned, let the Islamic or 'Secular' Forces learn about Hinduism before venturing to even comment !No piggie Muslim will ever sport a Tilak. it's called HARAM! They can kill their wives, and put a stop to all Growth related activities of the female and perform Sodomy, it's Jihad!!!Modi is a Towering figure, next only to Sardar. if Taliban lovers love Cow meat, they should seek refuge in NWFP. welcome to go there!!
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                                J Langer
                                May 8, 2014 at 3:29 pm
                                No ! He is a Taliban Troll !
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                                  J Langer
                                  May 8, 2014 at 3:28 pm
                                  Yes, Taliban is not welcome here ! Nor Cows meat!
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                                    madhukar nikam
                                    May 2, 2014 at 11:47 am
                                    Mehdi ...good one ...now you got free publicity ,what's next?
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                                      shahid
                                      May 3, 2014 at 12:45 pm
                                      Please Maulana do not put Muslims to shame. It is not necessary for everybody to wear the skull cap as much as Muslims do not put a tilak on their foreheads. So please be out of this game unless congress has paid you heavily.
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                                        Anil
                                        May 2, 2014 at 6:35 am
                                        What a Sadbhavna was that? His Sadbhavna is only in words not in acts.
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                                          sriram
                                          May 2, 2014 at 8:36 am
                                          It is really amazing that a muslim is worrying for Kasi.
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                                            Avinash Singh
                                            May 2, 2014 at 7:47 am
                                            Level of politics goes down by adding corruption, criminalisation of society & politics and on top of that spreading hatred based on caste & religion.
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