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Shree Mandir Parikrama Project row: BJP, BJD at loggerheads

11/05/2022 at 4:22 PM

Puri, May 11: Amid the ongoing controversy over the Puri Srimandir Heritage Corridor project, the opposition BJP on Wednesday said the state government is trying to destroy the heritage by carrying out construction activities without the approval of the Archeological Survey of India (ASI).

BJP’s national spokesperson Sambit Patra said, “I pray before Lord Jagannath to give some good sense to Odisha government and also to local MP Pinaki Mishra. This govt has destroyed our heritage.”

Patra, who visited Puri today, was seen roaming with an idol of Lord Jagannath.

“ASI’s report is a shocker. I am not going to stay silent anymore,” he added.

Patra urged the Odisha government to give up its arrogance and ‘Kala-Pahadiya’ mentality and accept the fact that they have erred.

Reacting to it, BJD MLA Pratap Keshari Deb said, “Comments should not be made on the issue as it is in the court and I strongly condemn Patra’s ‘drama’ over the issue.”

“Whatever Sambit Patra is saying is a drama. He is doing all this to be in the limelight. Did he ever speak about Lord Jagannath or visit Puri before being chosen as a candidate?”asked BJD spokesperson Pratap Deb.

On the other hand, Congress said, “The issue is being politicised. The state government should have started the construction work after taking permission from the ASI and the design of the project should come before the public.”

Reacting to the issue of Sambit Patra walking around by holding the idol of Lord Jagannath, the party said “Congress strongly condemn the act. Politics should not be done in the name of the lord. The central and state governments both are doing politics together over the issue.”

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