Ram Mandir trust chief, who shared stage with Modi, tests COVID-19 positive
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Ram Mandir trust chief, who shared stage with Modi, tests COVID-19 positive

Mahant Nritya Gopaldas, the chairman of the Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra Trust, has tested positive for COVID-19.

News agency ANI reported on Thursday that Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath had taken details of the health of Nritya Gopaldas, who is 82 years old. Adityanath spoke to the district magistrate of Mathura and Medanta Hospital officials to ensure immediate attention for Nritya Gopaldas.

An official said Nritya Gopaldas did not have fever, but was experiencing some breathlessness. Gopaldas could be shifted to the Medanta Hospital in Gurgaon.

Worryingly, Nritya Gopaldas had shared a stage with Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the ‘bhoomi pujan’ of the Ram Mandir in Ayodhya on August 5. At the event, Gopaldas, who stood in proximity to Modi, was shown not wearing a mask.

In the days prior to the Bhoomi Pujan, at least two priests performing rituals at the Ram Janmabhoomi premises and 16 security personnel had tested positive for COVID-19.

Before being named president of the trust to build the Ram Mandir, Nritya Gopaldas had been associated with the Ram Janmabhoomi Nyas that had campaigned to build a Ram temple. Nritya Gopaldas has been prominently associated with the Ayodhya Ram Mandir movement since 1992.

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