New Delhi: Noted seer Jagadguru Paramhans Acharya Maharaj has courted controversy after he demanded that India be declared a ‘Hindu Rashtra’ by October – the day of Mahatma Gandhi’s birth anniversary, or else he will take ‘Jal Samahi’.
“I demand that India should be declared a ‘Hindu Rashtra’ by October 2 or else I'll take Jal Samadhi in river Sarayu,” Jagadguru Paramhans Acharya Maharaj said in Ayodhya, according to ANI.
Along with the death threat, the influential seer also demanded the Narendra Modi government at the Centre to terminate the nationality of Muslims and Christians living in India. Earlier, Paramhans Charya Maharaj had undertakne a 15-day long fast unto death over the issue. The seer broke his fast only after getting assurance from Union Home Minister Amit Shah.
The saint community of Ayodhya has said that it will hold a 'Hindu Sanatan Dharma Sansad' in support of the demands made by the seer.
Jagadguru Paramhans Acharya Maharaj had once challenged Dwarka Sharada Peeth Pramukh Shankaracharya Swami Swaroopanand over 'muhurat' of Ram Mandir bhoomi poojan in Ayodhya. He even slammed Swaroopanand by terming him as the 'sycophant' of Congress.
The controversial remarks from the seer have come at a time when all top political parties have begun preparing for the crucial assembly elections to be scheduled to be held in Uttar Pradesh in 2022.