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Ex-Shia Waqf Board chairman Wasim Rizvi embraces Hinduism, now rechristened as Jitendra Narayan Singh Tyagi

By Saima Siddiqui 
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Ghaziabad: The former chairman of Uttar Pradesh Shia Waqf Board Wasim Rizvi – who a month ago had stirred controversy when he launched a controversial book titled ‘Muhammad’ criticizing Islam – on Monday converted to Hinduism (Sanatan Dharma) in a ceremony held at Ghaziabad’s Dasna Devi temple in UP. He offered milk on the Shiva Linga installed at the temple as part of the ritual, as per reports.

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The ceremony was presided by chief priest of Dasna Devi temple Yati Narsinghanand Saraswati who also gave a new name to Rizvi who will now be called Jitendra Narayan Singh Tyagi.

Forehead smeared with sandalwood paste and tilak Wasim Rizvi —Jitendra Narayan Singh Tyagi now — emerged after the ceremony with Yati by his side as he proclaimed that he had adopted a new religion and requested not to be addressed by his former name.

“It will take time for people to get used to my new name Jitendra Narayan Singh Tyagi, but with time it will happen,” said Tyagi.

When asked if it is his ‘Ghar Wapsi’ he replied it is not .

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“I have not left Islam but I have been ousted from Islam. I wanted certain aspects in the religion to be changed and was voicing my opinion against the malpractices prevalent in the religion, but instead of doing an introspection, they started to hound me, so I chose to adopt Sanatan Dharma,” he said.

“Now I will work to strengthen Hindusim and will work hand in hand with Narsinghanand ji to defeat the jihadist forces,” added Tyagi.

Yati Narsinghanand Saraswati who stood close to Tyagi nodded in affirmation as he spoke.

Speaking to the gathering Yati Narsinghanand Saraswati faltered at least thrice while addressing Tygai with his former name which he only corrected himself midway.

“Wasim Bhai..jo ab Jitendra Narayan Singh Tyagi ho gaye hai (Wasim bhai who is now Jitendra Narayan Singh Tyagi) has accepted Sanatan Dharm out of his free will and anyone who will try to harm him will be dealt with all the force we have our command,” warned Yati Narsinghanand Saraswati.

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In November, Wasim Rizvi had released his controversial book Muhammad’ from Dasna Devi temple in the presence of chief priest of the temple Yati Narsinghanand Saraswati.

This book is replete with contents which are derogatory as it targets a specific religion.

This had sparked a protests with many Muslim religious leaders demanding ban on the book and a case be lodged against Rizvi.

Earlier, Rizvi had filed a PIL in the Supreme Court seeking removal of 26 verses in Holy Quran as he felt it violated the law of the land.

The apex court in April this year had dismissed his PIL and had slapped a fine of Rs 50,000 on Rizvi as the court felt that the PIL was frivolous.

In July, Rizvi withdrew his controversial petition and had also sought from the court that fine be waived off.

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