In a rather bizarre development, Mahant Paramhans Das of Tapasvi Chhavni Ayodhya, has written a letter to President Ram Nath Kovind listing his seven demands and sought permission to end his life if the demands are not met. Copies of the letter have been forwarded to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, home minister Amit Shah, chief minister Yogi Adityanath and district magistrate of Ayodhya. Also Read - Kartik Purnima 2020: Ayodhya Celebrates Dev Diwali by Lighting 51,000 Earthen Lamps, Laser Show Held at Varanasi
According to the Mahant, his charter of demands is in national interest and ‘aims at preventing another division of the country.’
Here are his 7 demands:
1. Population control law
2. Implementation of the uniform civil code
3.Declaring India as a Hindu Rashtra
4. Free education for girls
5. Employment for youth
6. Declaring cow as a protected national entity
7. Declaring Ramayana as a national epic and making it a part of all syllabus.
The Mahant said, “I have sent this letter with seven demands to President. If the demands cannot be fulfilled, I should be given permission to end my life.”
Notably, in October, he had proceeded on indefinite fast support of his demand for a Hindu Rashtra. Not only this, Paramhans Das had also demanded to send Muslims to Pakistan-Bangladesh and to bring Hindus of Pakistan-Bangladesh back to India. He was forced to end his fast by the police when his health started deteriorating.
In October 2018 too, Saint Paramahamsa fasted for several days for Ram Janmabhoomi.
(With Agency inputs)