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

An official said Nritya Gopaldas did not have fever, but had breathlessness

nritya gopal das Nritya Gopaldas (centre) with PM Narendra Modi | Twitter handle of ANI

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.

📣 The Week is now on Telegram. Click here to join our channel (@TheWeekmagazine) and stay updated with the latest headlines