Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar has said going in search of a treasure and digging for 1,000 tonnes of gold supposedly buried under the ruins of a 19th century fort on a basis of a seer’s dream by any government agency will “encourage blind faith”.
“Such an exercise by a government agency will encourage blind faith and people will be inclined to approach babas instead of adopting a scientific attitude,” said the union minister during a media briefing after inauguration of the KLE Society’s Science and Commerce College in Kalamboli on Saturday.
He added that the “government should not take such things seriously”.
Excavation work is being carried out amid tight security at the fort of former King Raja Rao Ram Bux Singh in Unnao’s Daudiakala village in Uttar Pradesh by a 12-member team from the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) led by its deputy director.
The hunt for gold was triggered after a seer Shoban Sarkar claimed that the Raja had appeared to him in a dream and told him that 1,000 tonnes of gold lay buried in its ruins.
Earlier, Bharatiya Janata Party’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi had termed the excavation as a bizarre exercise.