New Delhi, Oct 14: In a veiled attack on the Narendra Modi government for ignoring save Ganga campaigners, Congress President Rahul Gandhi said deteriorating health condition of Saint Gopaldas is a matter national concern. Rahul said that voice of saint should remain strong and it is now the voice of departed Ganga campaigner Prof GD Agarawal. Saint Gopaldas was shifted to AIIMS on Saturday after his health worsened following fast from June 24. He is demanding ban on mining along river Ganga.
" Deteriorating health of saint Gopaldas is matter of concern for the nation. He is fasting since June 24 demanding ban on mining in Ganga. Sant Gopaldas is voice of Swami Sanand (Prof GD Agarwal) among us. This voice should remain strong," tweeted Rahul. Story so farTwo days after Ganga activist GD Agarwal died at AIIMS here, another saint fasting for conservation of the river was rushed to the premier institute early Saturday.Thirty-six-year old Sant Gopaldas has been fasting for the cause for 110 days. He stopped drinking water three days ago.He was brought to AIIMS, Rishikesh, at 3.45 am and admitted to its emergency ward, acting medical superintendent of the institute Brijendra Singh told reporters.The activist is currently being treated at the endocrinology ward of AIIMS, Rishikesh, he said. Sant Gopaldas is in a bad shape as he has been fasting for a long time. He also suffers from dehydration, Meenakshi Dhar, who heads the team of doctors attending to him at the institute, said. His sugar level has come down to 65. Though he has refused to eat anything or undergo medical treatment, he is being given intravenous fluids.The administration has given permission to AIIMS authorities to take any measures they deem fit to save Gopaldas’ life including force-feeding. Sant Gopaldas began his fast against mining in the Ganga river bed first in Badrinath and had been fasting at Triveni and Bag ghats of the Ganga in Rishikesh since June 24, his follower Arvind Hatwal said at AIIMS.