Bhubaneswar (SunstarTV Bureau): After the withdrawal of NMA bylaws from ancient temple Shri Jagannath in Puri, now the demand for withdrawal of heritage bylaws took a pick among servitors and temple authority of Ekamra Kshetra alleged non-cooperation of BJP MPs from Odisha raising the religious issue with the Union Government triggered a fresh row.
Demanding withdrawal of bylaws, a delegation of the Biju Janata Dal (BJD) MPs met two Union Ministers of Parliamentary Affairs Pralhad Joshi and Arjun Ram Meghwal for Ananta Basudeba Temple and Brahmeswar Temple, the BJP MP Aparajita Sarangi, who represents Bhubaneswar Lok Sabha Constituency, denied to join the delegation.
The Lok Sabha member from Kendrapara Anubhav Mohanty had requested her personally to become part of the delegation, but she refused, said Anubhav in a tweet.
Personally requested #Bhubaneswar MP Mrs.@AprajitaSarangi to join us but she refused point blank. Regret @BJP4Odisha’s noncooperation in a purely non-political issue concerning #Odisha’s honour & spiritual sentiments.@CMO_Odisha @OfPinaki pic.twitter.com/NkwsGeWhet
— Anubhav Mohanty (@AnubhavMohanty_) February 13, 2021
“Personally requested #Bhubaneswar MP Mrs @AprajitaSarangi to join us but she refused point blank. Regret @BJP4Odisha’s noncooperation in a purely non-political issue concerning #Odisha’s honour & spiritual sentiments,” tweeted Mohanty.
On request of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, a delegation of BJD members from Odisha had met the Union Ministers in New Delhi over the issue seeking withdrawal of the NMA bye-laws for two ancient temples in Bhubaneswar like Puri Srimandir.
The Bhubaneswar MP Aparajita Sarangi could not be contacted for comments.
Notably, the State Government and servitors of Lingaraj Temple have been demanding roll-back of the proposed draft notification that prohibits construction work around Ananta Basudeba Temple and Brahmeswar Temple in Ekamra Kshetra.