Reporter gets 'slap' as an answer to Modi question

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Jabalpur, Jan 23: Jagatguru Shankaracharya Swami Sri Swaroopanand Saraswati Ji Maharaj 'slapped' a reporter on Thursday when he was asked a question about the BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi.

The 'unexpected' incident took place in Jabalpur when the journalist asked him that what is his stand about Modi as the next PM of India. Soon, the Seer lost his temper and landed a slap on the face of regional TV channel reporter.

The 'slapping' video that was broadcasted on all news channels also shows Shankaracharya is snubbing the reporter saying that he was asking a useless question.

Shankaracharya, who was in Jabalpur to attend a religious function told reporter, "I do not want to talk about politics."

Shankaracharya of Dwarka, is reportedly close to the Congress.

Later, Shankaracharya even clarified his act of slapping the journalist by saying that he kept on asking about Modi.

"I slapped the journalist because he kept on asking about Narendra Modi. An effort is being made to keep Modi in the news, whether by getting people to praise him or insult him," Shankaracharya said.

"I have no problem with Modi being PM, but he must come clear on how he managed to grow to this stature", he further said.

It is said that that Shankaracharya of Dwarka, is reportedly close to the Congress and the BJP's decision to declare Modi as the PM candidate for Lok Sabha election 204 has not gone down well with him.

In the past too, Shankaracharya has made negative comments about Modi.

Swamy slapped the reporter lovingly: Congress

Interestingly, the Congress spokesperson Mayan Aggarwal gave a weird reaction to the incident.

He said that Swamy had slapped the reporter 'lovingly' and that the media had blown the matter out of proportion while adding that 'religious leaders should not be asked political questions'.

But the Madhya Pradesh BJP Spokesperson Hitesh Bajpai condemned the Swami's act and said that the religious leaders should be an example of forgiveness and questions from media should not be brushed aside.

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