‘Odia Asmita Deeply Hurt’: CM Naveen Condemns Sambit Patra’s Remark on Lord Jagannath

BJP Puri MP Candidate clarified that it was a 'slip of tongue'.

Bhubaneswar: BJP Puri MP Candidate Sambit Patra’s statement: “Lord Jagannath is a bhakt of PM Narendra Modi”, landed him in a controversy, drawing condemnation from Odisha Chief Minister & BJD Supremo Naveen Patnaik.

Condemning Patra’s remark, Cm Naveen said: “Mahaprabhu Shri Jagannatha is the Lord of Universe. Calling Mahaprabhu a bhakt of another human being is an insult to the Lord. This has hurt the sentiments and demeaned the faith of crores of Jagannatha bhaktas and Odias across the world.

The Lord is the greatest Symbol of Odia Asmita. Calling Mahaprabhu a bhakt of another human being is totally condemnable.I strongly denounce the statement made by the BJP Puri Lok Sabha candidate and I appeal to the BJP to keep the Lord above any political discourse. By this you have deeply hurt Odia Asmita and this will be remembered and condemned by people of Odisha for a very long time”, Naveen wrote on his ‘X’ handle.

After the Odisha CM strongly condemned Patra’s remark, the latter clarified that it was a slip of tongue and urged Patnaik not to make an issue out of a nonexistent issue.

Also, Senior Congress leader Jairam Ramesh demanded that Patra should be immediately disqualified.

Also, Odisha PCC Chief Sarat Patnaik slammed the BJP for the same and demanded an apology.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal also joined Patnaik in condemning Patra’s remarks which he claimed was the “statement of BJP”.

Reposting Odisha CM’s post, Kejriwal wrote on his ‘X’ handle:-

The senior BJP leader’s statement that “Lord Jagannath is a devotee of Prime Minister Narendra Modi” has sparked a major controversy amid the simultaneous elections.

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