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Ayodhya saint on fast-unto-death for Ram temple hospitalised after condition turns critical

A disciple of Mahant Sarveshwar Das of Tapasvi Ji Ki Chhawni, Paramhans Das began the fast on October 1 in his temple to demand the Ram temple’s construction.

india Updated: Oct 08, 2018 23:22 IST
Pawan Dixit
Pawan Dixit
Hindustan Times, Lucknow
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A file photo of the makeshift Ram temple in Ayodhya.(HT Photo)

Mahant Paramhans Das, a saint who is on fast-unto-death since October 1 demanding construction of Ram temple in Ayodhya, was admitted to a hospital here after his condition turned critical on Sunday night.

The Faizabad district administration sent Paramhans Das to the Sanjay Gandhi Post-Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences (SGPGIMS) in Lucknow in the early hours of Monday.

SGPGIMS said: “He is currently in post-op ICU and his condition continues to be serious”.

A disciple of Mahant Sarveshwar Das of Tapasvi Ji Ki Chhawni, Paramhans Das sat on fast on the premises of his temple on October 1.

As reports of his deteriorating condition and substantial weight loss reached Lucknow, UP industrial development minister Satish Mahana reached Ayodhya as chief minister Yogi Adityanath’s emissary on Sunday night to persuade him to call off the fast. However, Paramhans Das turned down his request.

A large number of saints present at the spot raised slogans demanding that Ram temple be constructed in Ayodhya.

Mahana talked to Paramhans Das for about 25 minutes and told him that the issue was pending in Supreme Court. Mahana also assured him that the CM would talk to him on Monday.

Mahana met the saint on Sunday night. Now, the saint is in SGPGI. “Doctors at the SGPGI are taking proper case of Paramhans Das,” said Mahana.

Paramhans Das told Mahana that he will end the fast only if the CM assured him of temple construction.

“The Modi government should bring an ordinance in the parliament to pave way for the construction of Ram temple in Ayodhya. There should not be any further delay,” said Das.

The head priest of makeshift temple at Ram Janmabhoomi Mahant Satyendra Das has extended support to Paramhans Das. However, Ram Janmabhoomi Nyas, a body of saints in Ayodhya which is spearheading Ram temple movement across the country, did not support the indefinite fast.

First Published: Oct 08, 2018 18:26 IST