Kumbh deserves a Nobel: Nishank
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Last Updated: Thursday, April 15, 2010, 22:48
Dehra Dun: Uttarakhand Chief Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank on Thursday said the Mahakumbh mela deserves a Nobel prize for being the world's largest religious gathering.

"We are getting phone calls from various countries that the Mahakumbh mela held in Uttarakhand deserves to get a Nobel prize as it is the biggest religious gathering in the world," Nishank told reporters here.

Maintaining that he strongly supported the viewpoint, the Chief Minister of the BJP-ruled state said he would not mind if the President of India receives the prize.

Nishank's comments came a day after 7 people, mostly women, were killed and 17 injured in a car accident and consequent stampede at the Mela venue during a procession on the day of last royal bath.

Over 5 crore people from all over the world speaking nearly 68 languages converged at Haridwar this year to participate in the Mahakumbh, he said and thanked them for making the gathering such a huge success despite threats from certain terror groups.

This time the government spent nearly Rs 440 crore in which nearly 80 per cent of the work was of permanent nature, he said.

"We constructed such big ghats where nearly 50 lakh people can take bath at a time," he said.

A total of 519 people were saved from drowning by the water police jawans, Nishank said, adding 8318 people were reunited with their family during the Mahakumbh that began on Jan14.


First Published: Thursday, April 15, 2010, 22:48

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