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Ram Temple Trust head tests COVID-19 positive, shared stage with PM Modi in Ayodhya

The head of the Ram Janmabhoomi Trust in Ayodhya, who shared stage with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and several other VIPs during the foundation stone laying ceremony for the Ram Temple last week, has tested positive for COVID-19.

Mahant Nritya Gopal Das was among the five people on the stage at the ceremony at Ayodhya in Uttar Pradesh on August 5th, 2020. 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.


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Gopal has reportedly developed fever and mild breathlessness. However, a team of doctors said “there is nothing serious.” The Chief Minister has directed that Gopal to be shifted to the 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 coronavirus.

PM Modi laid the first brick for a Ram Temple at Ayodhya at the mega ceremony last Wednesday. He returned to the holy city after 29 years to participate in the “Bhoomi Pujan” or the groundbreaking ceremony for the temple, which meets a core promise of the ruling BJP.

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