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Updated: 05-12-2018 23:28 IST

Religious leader Computer Baba,

who was recently expelled from the Digambar Ani Akhada, said

Wednesday he is mulling to set up a new `akhada' during the

ensuing Kumbh Mela at Prayagraj in Uttar Pradesh.

Computer Baba, a friend-turned-critic of the Shivraj

Singh Chouhan government in Madhya Pradesh, alleged the Akhil

Bharatiya Akhada Parishad (ABAP) is working at the BJP's


The Akhada Parishad is the apex organisation of Hindu

sants and sadhus. Akharas are outfits of Hindu sants and


Talking to PTI, Computer Baba said he was expelled

from the Digambar Ani Akhara on an improper order of the

Akhara Parishad.

"I was expelled at a time when I was running a

campaign to save the Narmada river. The Akhada Parishad is

working at the behest of BJP."

"Saints like Uma Bharti became Chief Minister of

Madhya Pradesh and then a Union Minister. Mahant of Gorakhnath

Math Yogi Adityanath became Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh.

But, Akhada Parishad doesn't like me because I speak openly

against the BJP," he said.

Computer Baba said he will mobilise saints and seers

of the country from December 22 to 30 in Prayagraj (Allahabad)

and discuss the prospects of forming a new akhada.

Meanwhile, Mahant Narendra Giri, president of ABAP,

refuted Computer Baba's allegations and said his organisation

has no affiliation with any political party.

On the new akhada plan of Computer Baba, Giri said,

"According to traditions of Sanatan Dharma, the Akhara

Parishad recognises only 13 akhadas. We cannot recognise any

new akhada."

In November, Computer Baba, whose original name is

Namdeo Das Tyagi, was expelled by the ABAP from the Digambar

Ani Akhada, a prominent denomination of the Vaishnava sect,

for jumping into political arena.

Computer Baba was accorded the minister of state

status by the state government in April this year and

appointed to a committee for protection of the Narmada river.

However, later he resigned from the panel, accusing

Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan of not fulfilling his

promises and alleging his government did little to stop

illegal sand mining in the Narmada.

Moreover, Computer Baba held several congregations of

saints and urged people to vote for the Congress in the

November 28 elections in the state.

(This story has not been edited by Devdiscourse staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)