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NEW DELHI: A small-town seer last week sent India on hunt for a 1,000-ton gold treasure supposedly hidden under a fort belonging to 19th-century ruler Raja Rao Ram Baksh Singh who was hanged by the British for taking part in the Mutiny of 1857.
But India’s prime minister-in-waiting Narendra Modi made fun of the ruling Congress for paying heed to the seer’s dream and starting a massive exploration exercise at fort ruins at Duandia Kheda village in Uttar Pradesh.
Instead of this wild gold chase, Modi taunted at a weekend rally at Trichy in Tamil Nadu, this government should bring back the hidden black money in Swiss banks.
Modi’s remarks have stung the seer Shobhan Sarkar who urged the Indian government to launch the hunt for the treasure because the late Raja Rao Ram Baksh Singh appeared in his dream to tell the seer that the 1,000 tons of gold lies buried in his fort.
Media reports quoted the seer’s close aide Om Baba as saying that Shobhan Sarkar was hurt by Modi’s remarks about his prophesy.
In fact, the seer has challenged Narendra Modi for an open debate on the issue. Now no one knows whether the seer wants to prove to Modi that his prophesy about the 1,000-ton gold will definitely come true.
Well, it may take a month’s time for the diggers of the Archaeological Survey of India to know whether the treasure exists.
But Modi doesn’t want to anger the seer because it could cost the BJP Hindu votes.
In a tweet on Monday, Modi, who is the BJP’s prime ministerial candidate, said he is a great admirer of seer Shobhan Sarkar.
“Shobhan Sarkar ko lakhon log saalon se mante hain. Unki tapasya aur tyaag ko mera pranaam (Millions of people follow Shobhan Sarkar. I respect his penance and renunciation),’’ Modi tweeted.
Looks like another seer is set to cast his shadow on Indian politics.