He was invited to speak by education minister Ram Bilas Sharma. He was seated on a dais, above the seats of the governor, chief minister and MLAs.
“Don’t term it as saffronisation but as purification of politics. When religion enters politics, it brings purity. While it becomes a disaster when politics enters religion.”
Monk Tarun Sagar
“At the political level, the government should decide that those who do not have daughters should not have the right to contest Lok Sabha and Vidhan Sabha elections. At the level of society, people should not marry their daughters into families that do not have daughters. At the religious level, saints should decide that they will not accept alms from houses where there are no daughters,” he said, as reported by the Indian Express.
HT reported that he said one who wrongs unintentionally is “agyaan” (ignorant), one who does something wrong unintentionally a second time is “nadaan” (silly), one who does it more than twice is a “shaitaan” (devil) and one who keeps doing is “Pakistan”. To another round of applause, he said one who keeps forgiving is “Hindustan”.
The opposition Congress legislature party leader Kiran Choudhry and Indian National Lok Dal MLA Zakir Hussain were among those who greeted the monk on behalf of their MLAs.