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Merging politics and spirituality: Art of Living volunteers campaign for BJP in Delhi

Tuesday, 8 April 2014 - 11:09pm IST | Place: New Delhi | Agency: dna

Lines between spirituality and politics seems to have blurred in 2014 Lok Sabha elections. The Art of Living (AOL) leaders, teachers and volunteers are not leaving any stone unturned to ensure victory of AOL preacher turned politician Maheish Girri, who is fighting on Bharatiya Janata Party’s ticket from east Delhi.

The eleventh hour frantic call, made by email, calls and SMSs has been made by the AOL machinery asking volunteers and supporters to “devote one day to nation” and come to east Delhi for last minute campaigning.

Girri, who joined BJP in November, is fighting a tough battle against two time sitting Congress MP Sandeep Dikshit and Mahatma Gandhi’s grandson Rajmohan Gandhi, who is fighting on Aam Aadmi Party ticket.

Team of AOL supporters are working in all ten assembly segments of the east Delhi parliamentary constituency going door-to-door to ensure votes for Girri. The AOL volunteers have set up a target to reach maximum voters in the next two days stating that it is “now or never”. 

The email, sent on Monday night, reads, “Poojya Gurudev (Sri Sri Ravi Shankar) is putting lot of focus on these elections and especially so in East Delhi. Recently 12 Swamis/Rishis have also been sent to East Delhi to work in slums. So let us all gear up and pick up our seva for next two days.”

“Let us jointly resolve to ensure that Maheish Girri Ji wins East Delhi seat with handsome margin for bringing in transformation in India under the leadership of Narendra Modi ji,” the email added.

The email to supporters then provides the contact numbers of leaders of AOL’s teams working in the 10 constituencies to intensify the “one to one contact with all voters from a booth”. 

The email also shows that teams from different areas are handling different assembly seats. For instance, a team from Gurgaon is handling the campaign work in Vishwas Nagar assembly seat and so on there are teams from Indirapuram, Ghaziabad, Noida and other areas in Delhi. 

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