An influential group of Hindu priests today objected to the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) projecting Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi as a prime ministerial candidate in the next general election.
Bharat Sadhu Samaj general secretary Swami Harinarayanand said VHP leader Ashok Singhal's statement in Allahabad last week was "highly objectionable".
"It was against the norms and sanctity of pilgrim places," Harinarayanand told newspersons after returning from the Maha Kumbh in Allahabad.
He was responding to Singhal's statement that Modi enjoys the same popularity as that of first prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru.
Claiming that people across the country wanted Modi as prime minister, Singhal also called the Gujarat chief minister "Hindu Hriday Samrat (one who rules Hindu hearts)".
Such a campaign at a pilgrim centre, Harinarayanand said, was against the sanctity of sadhu orders.