Senior Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP) leader Acharya Giriraj Kishore died here late on Sunday evening. He was 96.
“He breathed his last at the VHP office in R K Puram in the evening,” VHP spokesperson Prakash Sharma said. Kishore, who started his career as a school teacher, went on to become a prominent right-wing Hindu leader within the VHP and was actively associated with the Ram Temple agitation that led to the demolition of Babri mosque on December 6, 1992.
Later, his devotion to the Ram Temple movement also witnessed him crossing swords with the then prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee in 2001.
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Though he had been inactive for the past few years because of his failing health, last year he lent his support to Narendra Modi’s candidature as BJP’s prime ministerial candidate.