New Delhi : In a revelation that would leave some red faces in the BJP, well-known astrologer Bejan Daruwalla on Sunday claimed that Prime Minister Narendra Modi had consulted him once. Daruwalla told CNN IBN he had predicted that the progress and development of the nation lay in Modi’s hands. In a picture released by some media organisations, Modi is seen showing his palms to Daruwalla, indicating that he had indeed consulted the astrologer.
The revelation comes after the BJP uploaded a video on YouTube which showed Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar hugging a tantrik. Modi had made good use of the You Tube offering and had demanded at a rally: “Does Bihar need ‘mantra-tantra or democracy? Will people with a mentality of the 18th century run the state? Will Bihar prosper in the hands of such people?” In another rally, he said: “Bihar has suffered the brunt of ‘Jungle Raj’…’Jungle Raj’ now has a twin brother in ‘jantar-mantar’. Don’t let ‘Jungle Raj’ and ‘jantar-mantar’ come together, otherwise this combination will only spell doom for Bihar and its people,” he said. On Sunday, Modi once again attacked Nitish Kumar for his meeting with an occultist, saying, “People who practise black magic will not help you win elections. Only democracy has that power and not ‘mantra-tantra’.”