The 83-year-old Acharya Mahapragya, head of the Terapanthi sect of Jains whom Sonia Gandhi came calling on today, had a word of advice for Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi recently.
He asked him to cancel, if possible, his Gaurav Yatra programme, to begin on September 3 from Phagvel village in Kheda district. And if he could not, to ensure there is no violence during the yatra.
The Acharya is learnt to have conveyed this to Modi in a letter dispatched on Saturday.
The Acharya was also reported to have spoken out against the ‘‘current communally-surcharged atmosphere in Gujarat’’ when the Chief Minister met him on Friday at the Preksha Vishwas Bharati Kendra at Koba, near Gandhinagar.
Even at a function attended by Sonia here today as part of her Ahimsa Yatra in the state, the Acharya took a dig at politicians.
‘‘Who is a competent political leader?...One who follows the principle of non-violence...We should not adopt the path of violence for petty political gains,’’ the Acharya said.