Mahant Paramhans Das On Hunger Strike For 7 Days Over Ayodhya Ram Mandir, Detained

| October 8 , 2018 , 09:27 IST

Police detained Mahant Paramhans Das of the Tapasvi Chavni temple in Ayodhya on Sunday, after Das had been on a hunger strike for 7 days, along with several other saints from Ayodhya and other parts of the country demanding the immediate construction of the Ram Mandir in Ayodhya.

Before the police arrived and took Das to the hospital, Uttar Pradesh cabinet minister Satish Mahana had met with Mahant Paramhans Das, requesting him to break his fast.

"I humbly requested Mahant Paramhans to break his fast. I have come here as an emissary of the chief minister. If he wishes to meet the chief minister (Yogi Adityanath) I will discuss it with him and will try to facilitate it tomorrow if required,"

Later, Paramhans Das said, "Minister Satish Mahana requested me to break the hunger strike. He told me that he will arrange a video-conferencing with UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath. I want to request Prime Minister Modi to facilitate construction of Ram Temple through the same route which was taken for construction of Somnath temple."

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Paramhans Das had launched his indefinite hunger strike on October 1, warning the government that he would give his life if construction of Ram Mandir does not begin in Ayodhya.

"This time from corporator to President of India, all are from Bharatiya Janata Party, but they are not doing anything for Ram Mandir. We elected BJP only for the cause of Ram Janmabhoomi but they are silent over the issue. So, I have decided to give my life if BJP does not come forward to facilitate construction of Ram Mandir," he had said.

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Last month, the Supreme Court had declined to refer to a larger bench its observation in a 1994 judgement that a mosque was not integral to Islam, the topic of which arose during the hearing of the Ayodhya land dispute as the Babri Masjid mosque had once stood on the land claimed both by Hindus and Muslims.

A delegation of saints associated with the VHP had met with President Ram Nath Kovind demanding the immediate construction of a grand Ram Temple in Ayodhya.

Meanwhile, Supreme Court hearings on the Ayodhya issue are set to begin from October 29.