Former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Digvijay Singh on Tuesday sparked yet another controversy by claiming that people wearing saffron robes were committing rapes inside temples and selling 'churan' [powder].

Digvijaya Singh was speaking at the Sant Samagam organised by the Madhya Pradesh Adhyatmik Vibhag (Spiritual Department in Bhopal.

"Even God will not spare those who have defamed the ancient Sanatana Dharma. People wearing saffron robes are committing rapes inside temples and selling churan," Digvijaya Singh said in the presence of Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath.

Digvijaya Singh also said that the 'Jai Shri Ram' slogan has been hijacked by those with political interests.

"The slogan should, in fact, be Jai Siya Ram. When we raise the slogan in the name of Lord Ram, why do we forget Sita?," Digvijaya Singh said as sadhus raised the Jai Siya Ram slogan.

Saints demand temple land

The event was organised by the state spirituality department and saints from across the state led by Narmada Mandakini trust chairman Computer Baba participated in the event.

Computer Baba, on behalf of the Sadhus, raised the demand for permanently allotting government land on which temples have been constructed in the names of those running them.

"The temples should also be given free electricity and saints should be given old-age pension," Computer Baba said.

MP Chief Minister Kamal Nath said, "We give land to industrialists and traders, why will we not give land to sadhus? In future, the saints will not have to raise such demands."
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