BJP MLA is ‘Chambal ka Sardar’, alleges Swami Shivanand
The founder of Matri Sadan, Swami Shivanand has accused the State Government of failing to curb illegal mining activities in the State. He also lambasted the Haridwar Rural MLA Swami Yateeshwaranand, referring to him as ‘Chambal ka Sardar’ for allegedly being close to those involved in illegal mining. However, the MLA has rejected the allegations.
Addressing the media here on Tuesday, Shivanand said that while the movement for cleaning of the Ganga river is in full swing, the Haridwar Rural MLA is going to inaugurate mining activity from Kotawali to Rawasan river as mining near the Ganga is closed from Raiwala to Bhogpur.
Demanding that the National Mission for Clean Ganga should also clarify its stand regarding illegal mining, the ascetic further alleged that the BJP MLA of Haridwar Rural is supported by those indulging in illegal mining activities. He also questioned the bureaucracy and their role in the continued illegal mining and smuggling of alcohol. “The illegal mining is against my will and I will fight against it till my last breath,” said Swami Shivanand.
Meanwhile, the MLA Swami Yateeshwaranand stressed that he will not support any illegal mining activity at any cost. He said that he is not against any legal mining activity which is undertaken as per the law and procedure put in place by the Government.
It is pertinent to mention here that Matri Sadan under Shivanand has been the centre of consistent protest against illegal mining in the Ganga. Undertaking a fast unto death against illegal mining, one of Shivanand’s disciples, Nigamanand had died in 2011. More recently, Gyan Swaroop Sanand (GD Agrawal) also died in 2018 after undertaking a fast unto death against illegal mining in the Ganga and demanding legal provisions to prevent this.
Wednesday, 20 November 2019 | PNS | Haridwar
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