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Jan 23, 2014 at 01:31pm IST

Senior priest slaps journalist on being asked about Narendra Modi

New Delhi: Senior priest of the Dwarka Shradha Peeth Shankaracharya Swami Swaroopanand Saraswati is caught in a controversy after he slapped a media person. The senior priest was caught on camera slapping the journalist angry over a question regarding Bharatiya Janata Party Prime Ministerial nominee Narendra Modi's candidature.

Swaroopanand Saraswati had been vocally critical of the BJP's decision to project a PM candidate. He had said in Jabalpur that the Prime Minister should be elected by MPs.

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

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

Swaroopanand Saraswati is considered to be close to the Congress and has also made statements against Modi in the local newspapers of Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh in the past.

He had clarified that he won't take political questions and when he was repeatedly asked about Modi, he lost his cool and slapped the reporter.