Naveen demands withdrawal of NMA Draft Bye-Laws On Ananta Basudev, Brahmeswar Temples

Bhubaneswar: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has demanded the immediate withdrawal of draft bye-laws framed on Ananta Basudev and Brahmeswar temples of Ekamra Kshetra in Bhubaneswar.

The Chief Minister has also urged the MPs from Odisha to take up the issue with the Central Government as well as the Union Culture Minister Prahlad Singh Patel.

Taking to Twitter, Naveen wrote, “Central Govt should immediately withdraw the National Monuments Authority Draft Bylaws on Ananta Basudev & Brahmeswar Temple of Ekamra Kshetra.”

“It would have been appropriate for the Central agencies to take the State into confidence on sensitive religious issues,” remarked Naveen.

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Further, the Odisha CM appealed to all the MPs from Odisha to take up this sensitive matter with the Union Government & Union Culture Minister Prahlad Singh Patel, as it involves the sentiments of lakhs of devotees of Odisha, lives and livelihood of sebayats, linked to the smooth conduct of Nitis of Lord Lingaraj.

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Following the pressure exerted on the Centre by Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik earlier this week, the draft bye-laws framed for Puri Srimandir by the National Monuments Authority (NMA) was withdrawn.

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