Congress president Rahul Gandhi expressed his concern over the deteriorating health of Sant Gopal Das, the Ganga conservation activist who has been on a fast and is currently admitted to AIIMS-Rishikesh.
The 48-year-old Congress chief took to Twitter on Sunday to call for strength to Gopal Das’ movement, which he likened to that of GD Agarwal – the Ganga activist who passed away on Thursday after a fast lasting over 100 days.
“The deteriorating health of Gopal Das is a concern for the whole country. He has been on hunger strike since June 24 seeking prevention of mining in Ganga. Gopal Das is now the voice of Agarwal and this voice must be strengthened,” Gandhi said on Twitter.
संत गोपालदास का बिगड़ता स्वास्थ, राष्ट्र के लिए चिंता का विषय है| गंगा में खनन पर रोक लगाने के लिए वो 24 जून से उपवास पर बैठे हैं| संत गोपालदास, हमारे बीच, स्वामी सानंद(प्रो. जी. डी अग्रवाल) की आवाज़ हैं| यह आवाज़ बुलंद रहनी चाहिए| #SavetheGanga pic.twitter.com/97f515O59w
— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) October 14, 2018
The health of the seer fasting for Ganga conservation declined on Friday and he was hospitalised at the AIIMS-Rishikesh on Saturday morning.
The activist saint had recently reached Rishikesh after conducting agitations at Badrinath, Joshimath and other places during his over 100 days fast for Ganga conservation.
Gopaldas began his agitation on 24 June. After the death of environmentalist GD Agarwal alias Swami Gyan Swaroop, the Haryana-based seer announced continuing the fast for preservation and conservation of Ganga from the Matri Sadan.
The seer was administered fluids at the hospital. The condition of Gopaldas is presently stable and he is communicating via written notes.
GD Agarwal, popularly known as Swami Sanand, was a former head of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at IIT-Kanpur who turned environmentalist.
He passed away on 11 October, after being on an indefinite fast since 22 June demanding the government fulfil its promises to clean River Ganga.
The Congress has attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for “neglecting” the repeated pleas of Agarwal, who had written several letters to the Prime Minister voicing his concern over Ganga pollution.