The government officials on Tuesday said that a letter circulating on social media suggesting that National Security Advisor Ajit Doval has appreciated the effort of Uttarakhand government officials for successfully organising the Kumbh Mela in Haridwar, is fake.
The officials claimed that the letter is fake and the NSA has not written any such letter.
In the purported letter addressed to the Uttarakhand Chief Secretary, Ajit Doval compliments him “in handling the situation during Kumbh Mela”.
The letter ends by saying that his efforts for the successful conduct of Kumbh Mela would ensure a religious atmosphere, help to maintain order and promote RSS ideology in the future as well.
Kumbh is held periodically at four different locations in India – Nashik, Haridwar, Prayagraj, and Ujjain. In normal circumstances, Kumbh continues for nearly four months but this year due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the duration of the congregation has been curtailed to one month.
The ongoing Kumbh Mela has triggered debates at a time when India is battling the second wave of the novel coronavirus.
Earlier on Saturday, PM Modi urged Kumbh Mela devotees and Management to make weeks-long religious festival only symbolic amid an unprecedented surge in Covid-19 cases. Huge number of people testing positive in and around Kumbh Mela in Haridwar.
Supporting the PM Modi’s appeal to make Kumb symbolic, singer Sonu Nigam joined in instagram and said that Kumbh Mela shouldn’t have taken place amid huge surge in Covid-19 cases. He also said that good sense has prevailed after Kumbh was declared symbolic. Sonu’s video comes after Prime Minister Narendra Modi called Kumbh Mela a symbolic event to strengthen India’s fight against Covid-19.
Sonu Nigam, in his video, questioned the need to go ahead with a gathering as large as Kumbh, especially during these trying times. He also said that religious gatherings should have been avoided at this time. Sonu also added that he is a Hindu and has the right to speak about his religion.