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PM Modi says he has appealed for Kumbh Mela to now be “only symbolic” due to Covid crisis, adding that it “will strengthen fight”

'Kumbh Mela Should Now Only Be Symbolic To Strengthen Covid Fight': PM

Kumbh Mela attracts millions of devotees.

New Delhi:

Prime Minister Narendra Modi this morning appealed that the mega Kumbh Mela “should now only be symbolic amid coronavirus crisis”, stressing that it will give a boost to the fight against the pandemic. Huge gathering of tens of thousands of pilgrims – along the banks of the Ganga – in the last few days has sparked nationwide concern as India – hit by the second wave – sees an alarming surge in infections.

In a tweet, the Prime Minister said he spoke to top seer – Hindu Dharma Acharya Sabha president Swami Avdheshanand Giri Ji Maharaj – over phone and made an appeal about the religious gathering that attracts millions of devotees.

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