Ram Mandir Trust Head Tests COVID Positive, Shared stage with PM Modi
GUWAHATI: The head of the Ram Janambhoomi trust in Ayodhya, who shared stage with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and several other VIPs during the groundbreaking ceremony for a Ram Temple last week, has tested positive for COVID-19.
Mahant Nritya Gopal Das was among the five people on the stage at the grand ceremony at Ayodhya in Uttar Pradesh on August 5.
The others on the stage were Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, Governor Anandiben Patel and Mohan Bhagwat, chief of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), the BJP's ideological mentor.
"Maharaj-ji suffered from fever before testing positive for COVID. The fever is now normal and he is stable. The Chief Minister has directed that Maharaj-ji be shifted to the Medanta Hospital," Sarvagya Ram Mishra, District Magistrate of Mathura, told reporters.
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath in a tweet in Hindi, said that he has received the news of the Ram Janambhoomi Trust chief testing positive for coronavirus and added that he had spoken to Dr Naresh Trehan of Medanta hospital.
Days before the ceremony, a priest, Pradeep Das, and 14 policemen on duty in the Ram Janambhoomi complex had also tested positive for COVID-19.
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