The administration finally woke up to Naga sadhu’s threat to leave the holy township if their problems were not looked into, and held an emergency meeting here on Sunday. The Naga sadhus have also threatened to stage protest before Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav in Lucknow.
At the meeting, the district magistrate instructed officers of different departments to address the sadhus’ problems. However, Naga sadhu’s are not happy at all. For them, the administration has woken up only after they threatened to approach the chief minister and boycott Shivratri festival.
On Saturday night district magistrate Rajeev Agarwal along with SSP Sujit Pandey rushed to Hanuman Ghat to pacify general secretary of Akhara Parishad Mahant Hari Giri who had threatened that Naga sadhus would boycott Shivratri festival and leave the holy township in protest against administrative apathy.
“Our presence in this religious place has been totally ignored this time in spite of assurances by Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav at Allahabad a few days ago”, Mahant Hari Giri, general secretary of Akhara Parishad, told reporters at a press conference on Saturday.
He added,”No attempt has been made by the administration to sanitise the area where Naga sadhus (over 15,000 in number) stay in Hanuman Ghat area in Varanasi, nor has any facility been extended for their month-long stay here. “Naga sadhus are carrying forward the tradition of celebrating Shivratri in Varanasi after Kumb and Ardh Kumb in Prayag (Allahabad)”, Mahant Hari Giri said.
The Naga sadhus have also demanded deployment of security personnel and proper healthcare facilities besides raising of pantoon bridge across the Ganga.