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Ram Temple trust chief, who attended bhoomi pujan with PM Modi, tests positive for Covid

Nritya Gopal Das had last week attended Ram Mandir bhoomi pujan in Ayodhya along with PM Modi, UP CM Adityanath and Governor Anandiben Patel, among others.

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New Delhi: Nritya Gopal Das, the chief of Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra Trust, which is overseeing the construction of the temple in Ayodhya, has tested positive for the novel coronavirus, the Uttar Pradesh government said Thursday.

Das had on 5 August shared the stage with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and UP Governor Anandiben Patel, among others, during the Ram Mandir bhoomi pujan ceremony in Ayodhya.

Uttar Pradesh Additional Chief Secretary Awanish Awasthi Thursday said the chief minister has taken note of the trust chief’s positive test.

“He (chief minister) has spoken to the Mathura District Magistrate (S.R. Mishra), his (Das’s) followers and to Dr Naresh Trehan of Medanta Hospital and requested immediate medical attention for Mahantji,” Awasthi said. “He has directed DM Mathura to provide all possible support for providing best possible medical attention.”

Also read: No selfies, 8-ft distance — how Ayodhya is preparing to shield PM Modi from coronavirus

Tested positive in Mathura

Das, who is also the president of Krishna Janambhoomi Nyas, was in Mathura to take part in the Janmashtami celebrations when he tested positive.

According to Mathura district officials, doctors have told them that he is running a mild fever and has been given medication.

According to a senior official, Das complained of breathlessness following which a test was conducted and he was found positive. A team of doctors is monitoring his situation.

“We got information that Maharajji had a fever and immediately a team of doctors was sent and they carried out all medical investigations and he was given medicine,” DM Mishra said.

“Fever is normal now but he had complained of breathlessness. Corona test was done, antigen and there is an indication of corona. The honourable CM has been constantly taking information from us. He also called us and said he (Das) should be shifted to Medanta. We will shift him there. In the present situation, he is completely stable but for better treatment we are shifting him there.”

It is not clear at the moment what action PM Modi will take in the wake of this development. Asked if the PM, who attended the bhoomi pujan along with Das in Ayodhya, will quarantine himself, PMO spokesperson V. Ravi Rama Krishna said they have not heard anything on the matter so far.

Also read: Ram Mandir can’t wait for Covid vaccine. Modi is Hindutva leader first, India’s PM later


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  1. On 5 Aug 2020 photo shows NITYA DAS without a mask and no observation of ‘ek gaj dhoori’ . this appears security lapse. Now did DAS attract COVID 19 symptoms at Ayodhya or Mathura is the million dollar question. Any given the auspicious ocassion lets hope for the best

  2. “He has directed DM Mathura to provide all possible support for providing best possible medical attention.”

    He should take gomutra, gobar and Covid papad. Why do these Hindu holymen who propagate their mythologies and Hindu cures go to hospitals ?

    And why is Arnob goswami now not shouting about Hindus spreading corona ?

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