New Delhi: Senior Vishwa Hindu Parishadleader Giriraj Kishore, who was actively associated with the Ram temple agitation, died here this evening following prolonged illness. He was 96.
"He was ailing for some time now. He died peacefully at the VHP headquarters in R K Puram at 9.15 pm," VHP Delhi unit spokesperson Vinod Bansal said.
Wheelchair-bound Giriraj was suffering from prostrate cancer for some years, senior VHP functionary Rajinder Pankaj said. Like on other days, Giriraj got up at 3 AM today and was given a bath, he said, adding his condition deteriorated during the day.
He joined the VHP in 1983 during the first Bharat Mata Yatra. He later served as the senior vice president of the VHP International wing and was now serving on the advisory board of the organisation.
Born on February 4, 1920 in Etah district of Uttar Pradesh, Giriraj who was a school teacher in Morena, for taking an active role in the Ram Janmabhoomi agitation. Giriraj had joined the RSS at an early age and was one of its seniormost 'pracharaks'.
A post-graduate in Hindi, Political Science and History, Giriraj was sent to the VHP by the Sangh. A bachelor, Giriraj Kishore, was wheelchair-bound for the last several years. He had recently pledged to donate his body for social cause.
At the helm of the Ram temple movement, Giriraj had declared that "no power on earth, including the judiciary, can stop the construction of a Ram temple". As Giriraj had pledged to donate his body for social cause, VHP was deciding on as to how to about his last rites.
Delhi: Minister of Health Dr. Harsh Vardhan pays his last respects Senior VHP leader Giriraj Kishore pic.twitter.com/37PMagVukn— ANI (@ANI_news) July 14, 2014