A self-proclaimed godman Swami Vairagyanand Giri who performed a Yagna ahead of the Lok Sabha elections to help senior Congress leader Digvijaya Singh win from Bhopal has now sought permission from the city’s collector for taking Jal Samadhi, Times of India has reported.
The godman popularly known as ‘Mirchi Baba’ had promised to take Jal Samadhi if Digvijaya Singh lost. As part of his havan, the ‘Mirchi Baba’ had burned 5 quintal of red chillies.
After Digvijaya Singh’s defeat to Sadhvi Pragya, BJP supporters launched a social media campaign searching for the godman. Later on 25 May a symbolic Jal Samadhi was also performed by the party’s supporters. Around the same time the godman was quoted as calling his statement a political gimmick.
Subsequently, he decided to change track and has requested to perform Jal Samadhi at 2.11 pm on 16 June which is reportedly the auspicious time of Anuradha Nakshatra, Chaturdashi.
The District Collector has as a result stated that no such permission would be given and the police has been informed.
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