Meet This Sadhu ‘Computer Baba’ Who Has A Thing For Laptops & This Is What He Claims About Himself
The 52-year-old ‘Computer Baba’ has been in the news recently for protesting against the government of Madhya Pradesh for interfering in the working of the temples.
Ahead of Assembly elections due later this year, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government in Madhya Pradesh on Wednesday, 4 April, accorded Minister of State (MoS) status to five Hindu religious leaders – a move which was slammed by opposition Congress.
According to the order of General Administration Department’s (GAD’s) Additional Secretary KK Katiya, MoS status has been accorded to Narmadanand Maharaj, Hariharanand Maharaj, Computer Baba, Bhaiyyu Maharaj and Pandit Yogendra Mahant.
On 31 March, these five religious leaders were appointed to a committee set up for the conservation of the Narmada river.
As members of the committee, they have been given MoS status, a GAD official said.
Babas Cancel Protest Against MP Government
Soon after the state government accorded them MoS status, two of the religious leaders cancelled their proposed campaign against the alleged ‘scam’ in the Madhya Pradesh government’s Narmada conservation programme, reported PTI.
Computer Baba had earlier announced his intention to take out the ‘Narmada Ghotala Rath Yatra’ along with Yogendra Mahant in every district of MP from 1 April to 15 May, to expose the alleged scam in planting saplings on the banks of the Narmada river and to demand a ban on illegal sand mining.
Speaking to Hindustan Times, Computer Baba thanked the state government for according him MoS status, stating that official status would help in furthering their cause of conserving the river.
I wish to thank Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan for reposing his faith in us. We are sadhus and don’t need any status but a warrior needs certain resources to fight in a war. Hence, the facilities as MoS will help us.Computer Baba
Meanwhile, Yogendra Mahant, who was the convener of the proposed campaign, also said that they cancelled the yatra as the state government fulfilled their demand to set up a panel for the river’s conservation.
Congress Slams Govt’s Move, Calls it ‘Election Gimmick’
Assembly elections are due in the state this year, and the main opposition, Congress, dubbed the decision an attempt by the BJP to exploit the respect these religious leaders enjoy in society.
“It’s a gimmick to score political points. This is also an effort by the Chief Minister (Shivraj Singh Chouhan) to wash off his sins. He ignored conservation of the Narmada. These saints should inspect where the state government has planted six crore saplings (along the river banks) as claimed by the CM,” said Congress Spokesperson Pankaj Chaturvedi.
State BJP Spokesperson Rajnish Agrawal said the opposition party dislikes anything related to saints.
Saints and seers were accorded MoS status to make their work of environment and river conservation easy. The saints were roped in for Narmada conservation work to ensure public participation.Rajnish Agrawal, Spokesperson, BJP
Meanwhile, BJP Leader and former MP Chief Minister Uma Bharti lauded the government for having granted the seers MoS status, while condemning the Congress for opposing it.
Indian culture has always respected saints. The ministry has not been given to cons & thugs but saints. I applaud the Shivraj Singh Chouhan government and condemn the Congress for opposing it.
(With PTI inputs)