Bhubaneswar, Feb 18: Ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD) on Thursday hit out at Bhubaneswar MP and BJP leader Aparajita Sarangi over Heritage By-Laws by the National Monument Authority.
In a press statement, BJD general secretary (Media Affairs) Manas Mangaraj said, “ I am not IAS officer like Aparajita Sarangi. I may not have done such extensive research like her, but I know that anyone can read this and understand in 5 minutes that Regional Director ASI, Kolkata is the competent authority for drafting of Heritage bylaws as per Section-20 E of the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains Act, 1958 (AMSAR Act).”
“I am shocked at the misrepresentation of my statement and sheer falsehood by Aparajita Sarangi. I had specifically mentioned that the Regional Director ASI Kolkata is the competent authority for the drafting of the heritage bylaws which is the issue in question now. Director, Culture is not the competent authority for the drafting heritage bylaws. It is the Regional Director,ASI Kolkata, who has sent the proposal for heritage bylaws of Odisha temples,” he further said.
Targeting the BJP MP, he said, “As Aparajita Sarangi does not understand Odia Culture may be it’s difficult for her to appreciate the sensitivity involved in a religious issue that links living deities with sevayats and devotees.”
“Perhaps Honourable Minister Pratap Sarangi who is from Odisha is able to understand these sensitivities in a better way,” he further added.
Refering to to AMSAR Act, he further said, “It seems that you haven’t read the AMSAR Act properly or you are deliberately resorting to falsehood. It would be better you read the AMSAR Act and answer my question, “Who is the competent authority for drafting heritage Bylaws as per Section- 20 E of the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains Act, 1958 (AMSAR Act) which will affect the Ekamrakshetra?”.
“Don’t try to fool the people of Odisha by resorting to falsehood”, Mangaraj added.