New Delhi: Ahead of Congress president Rahul Gandhi’s upcoming ‘Jan Aakansha Rally’ on February 3, Congress supporters in Patna allegedly put up posters depicting Prime Minister Narendra Modi as Mahisasura, a demon, who was killed by Goddess Durga. Congress president Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra were also featured in the poster as Lord Shiva and Goddess Durga respectively.

Even though senior Congress leaders claimed that the party had nothing to do with the poster, the ruling BJP hit out at them over the depiction of a Prime Minister as a demon.

“It is their mental bankruptcy as they do not want others to serve the country. It is sad and unfortunate that they are morphing pictures of the country’s PM. Everyone has the right to hold rallies but such tactics of editing others’ pictures can be done only by mentally imbalanced people,”said BJP state vice-president and former Bihar minister Samrat Choudhary.

Rubbishing the allegations, Bihar PCC chief Madan Mohan Jha said, “This is not a Congress poster. We cannot be held guilty for deeds by people who claim to be our supporters but are not bound by the party discipline.”

“We would try to find out who has come out with such a poster. If he is found to be in any way associated with the party, strong action will be taken,” Prem Chandra Mishra, party MLC and the chairman of the media cell set up for the ‘Jan Akanksha’ rally, said.

Meanwhile, a local resident Rakesh Dutt Mishra registered a case at Patna civil court against Gandhi, state Congress chief Madan Mohan Jha and other party leaders for allegedly hurting ‘Hindu sentiments’ by coming up with posters that depicted party leaders as Hindu deities

Mishra has alleged in the petition that Hindus had felt ‘aggrieved’ by the posters, some of which show Gandhi as Lord Rama while some others depict him as Lord Shiva.  The petition, filed under IPC sections 153 A, 295 A, 298 and 120B, relating to insult with intent to cause riot and causing hurt to religious sentiments, is likely to come up for hearing next week, news agency PTI reported.