June 27, 2007 04:00 IST
Close on the heels of the veil controversy, United Progressive Alliance-Left presidential nominee Pratibha Patil has kicked up another row having claimed that she had a 'divine premonition' of greater responsibility coming her way after speaking to a late spiritual guru.
"I had a pleasant experience," Patil told a gathering in Mt Abu in February recounting her meeting with the head of Brahma Kumaris World Spritual University, Hridaymohini, also popularly known as 'dadiji.'
"Dadiji ke shareer mein baba aye (Baba came in Dadiji's body)," she said. Her reference was to Dada Lekhraj who founded Brahma Kumari sect. Lekhraj died in 1969.
Patil claimed the late Baba spoke to her indicating that she should be prepared to shoulder greater responsibility.
"He also made me very lucky," she added.
The Congress and the Communist Party of India-Marxist downplayed the reports about Patil's divine premonition.
"She meets so many people. That does not mean that she does what all those people do," Congress spokesperson Abhishek Manu Singhvi told media persons at its headquarters.
CPI-M general secretary Prakash Karat spoke in similar vein saying the Left had never said that the Presidential candidate should be an atheist or a non-believer. He went on to add that the Congress decided the candidate and not any 'baba' (godman).
Patil was in Mt. Abu when Congress president Sonia Gandhi called her to seek her consent for her being nominated as a UPA-Left candidate for the presidential poll.
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