LUCKNOW: With a long white flowing beard, white robes and a red tilak on the forehead, Acharya Pramod Krishnam looks more like a godman and less like a politician, who is set to take on Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on May 6 in the fifth phase of the Lok Sabha polls.
The Congress’s Lucknow candidate is garnering Shia support with praise of Hazrat Ali (RA).
An ardent follower of Hazrat Ali (RA), son-in-law of Prophet Mohammad (PBUH), the last Prophet of Islam, Acharya Krishnam passionately recites verses in praise of Hazrat Ali (RA) and enjoys massive popularity among members of the Shia community.
There are several videos on YouTube that have over a million views wherein Krishnam can be seen praising Ali.
Youngsters watching Krishnam reciting the eulogy on the video, too, admire the fact that a “non-Muslim is praising Maula Ali”.
News18 speaks with few youngsters. Naved Abdi, tells the channel, “He is probably the first non-Muslim I have seen who has such deep knowledge of Islam and Hazrat Ali.”
Kashif nods in affirmation who was sitting next to him. “We are happy that such people exist in our society who don’t mind speaking good about a religion that they don’t themselves follow,” Kashif says.
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Senior Congress leader Zishan Haider proposed Krishnam’s candidature.
Speaking to News18, Haider, who also hails from the Shia community said, “All the religious leaders Acharya Pramod ji has met till now are unhappy with the ‘Ali and Bajrangbali’ jibe by Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath. The entire community got upset when our beloved Maula Ali was dragged into petty politics by CM Yogi. The BJP will lose elections here just the way it lost state elections in MP, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh last year.”
The credentials of the 56-year-old Krishnam are not known to many. In fact, his persona remains wrapped in intrigue.
Born on January 4, 1965, in a Brahmin family in Bihar He founded the Shri Kalki Foundation in Sambhal and is also the Peethadhishwar of the Kalki Dham.
The Acharya, say his supporters, has been giving lectures on Islam and humanity and his knowledge on these subjects is appreciable.
With agency inputs