Over 15,000 ‘sants’ (holy men) will campaign for the BJP’s PM candidate Narendra Modi across the country, in the run-up to 2014 elections.
At a recent meeting of the ‘sants’ under the banner of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP), it was decided they should play a role in the elections and fan out in different parts of the country to elect a Modi-led government.
“In the meeting the ‘sants’ outlined the public awareness programmes keeping in mind the 2014 general elections for Lok Sabha. Jagadgurus, Mahamandaleshwars, Sant-Mahants - all under the auspices of this movement would reach out to every voter in the electoral fields right down to the block development areas to make them watchful and exercise crucial interests in the nation and the national society,” the VHP statement issued here said.
The statement added, although these ‘sants’ were not supporters of any political party but they would marshal massive public support for Narendra Modi. Last year in the Maha Kumbh Mela the ‘sants’ had decided to support Modi. The VHP has already set up state-level committees in which over 15,000 ‘sants’ would join across India to lead public awareness campaign.