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
"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
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
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.
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