Bhubaneswar: Union minister Dharmendra Pradhan has welcomed the decision of Supreme Court for holding Rath Yatra.
Pradhan said this has happened due to the willpower of 4.5 crore Odias. The Union minister thanked the Supreme Court,Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah for honouring the sentiments of the Odias.
Pradhan told reporters that Rath Yatra is not a mere festival, but it is deeply embedded in the minds and hearts of numerous Odias.
He said Prime Minister Narendra Modi is always at the forefront for protecting and respecting the religious sentiments of the people.
The Union minister hoped that government of Odisha will leave no stone unturned while conducting the celebration effectively.
Pradhan said he has spoken to His Highness Jagadguru Shankaracharya and Gajapati Dibyasingha Deb on the decision on Rath Yatra and congratulated them over the matter.