Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and senior BJP leader L K Advani on Saturday reached Gorakhnath temple to pay tribute to former BJP MP and head priest of Gorakhnath Peeth Mahant Avaidyanath who died Friday night after prolonged illness.
Significantly, no senior leader of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) came to the Hindu shrine where the body of Avaidyanath, a leader of Ram Janmabhoomi movement, was kept.
RSS’s Gorakash prant pracharak Mukesh and prant sanghchalak U P Singh were the only two leaders from the outfit who visited the temple.
From the VHP, only three members were present — Swami Chinmayanand, member of VHP margdarshak mandal; central secretary Rajendra Singh Pankaj; and organisation secretary Dinesh.
Talking to mediapersons, Advani said Avaidyanath’s demise was a loss to the nation. “Avaidyanathji had done several great works in the interest of nation, like his work towards the building of Ram temple. We will take ahead these great works,” he said.
Nearly two lakh followers from different parts of UP and across the border from Nepal also arrived at the shrine.
The police had put up diversions in the city to control traffic around the temple. Markets and several schools in the city remained closed.
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