Dehradun: Another associate of Prof G D Agrawal (Swami Gyan Swaroop Sanand)--Brahmachari Atmabodhanand--has announced to sit on an indefinite hunger strike from October 24 for the cause of a pollution-free holy Ganga.
As seer Gopal Das continued to be in a critical condition at Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh, on the 121st day of his fast on Monday. the 22-year-old monk informed the Centre of his resolve.
The Brahmachari on Sunday sent a four-page letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
He observed that Prof Agrawal died while fasting for a clean Ganga while another fasting seer, Sant Gopal Das, was in a critical condition following his 4-month long hunger strike for the sacred cause. "If the government continued to maintain its apathy towards the stir and implementation of commitment by you(PM) even after sacrifice laid by Prof Agrawal and 121-day long fast by Gopal Das, I have no option but to sit on hunger strike on Wednesday", he wrote to the premier. The Brahmachari also expressed regrets over the reported stance of the government that described, undue and individual stubborn attitude of late Agrawal as root cause for stir and the prevailing deadlock.
He stated that it was not the intransigent attitude of an individual but the conflict between the government's insistence to impose pure economic model based projects on the Ganga and seers' fight to preserve the spiritual character of "Maa Ganga" and its pristine water. 'Three monks from our Matrisadan ashram have already sacrificed their lives for the cause over recent years and we are determined to keep this Ganga-tapasya going on,' the Brahmachari wrote. A Ganga march was organised in Varanasi on Sunday to pay homage to Prof Agrawal and generate awareness among the people for the cause of the holy river. The march, in which local leaders of main political parties participated, commenced from the Town Hall and passed through main thoroughfares before its culmination at a meeting at the Rajendra Prasad ghat.
Former MP Rajesh Mishra, ex-Uttar Pradesh minister Surendra Patel, Aam Aadmi Party's Sanjeev Singh, Swami Avimukteshwanand, 'Waterman' Dr Rajendra Singh and many other dignitaries took part in the programme.
The speakers at the meeting paid tributes to Agrawal and held the Centre responsible for his death amid hunger strike. The octogenarian Ganga warrior, they concluded, was due to the apathy of the government towards his agitation and failure to implement the promises made by Mr Narendra Modi before the 2014 elections. UNI