Bhubaneswar: While the Puri district administration resumed its demolition drive on Sunday, opposition leaders said that the affected people should have been given more time.
Today a major portion of the Bada Akhada Mutt was razed. The action came a day after the Amicus Curiae visited Puri temple and complimented the beautification drive.
BJD leader Subas Chauhan said that the ‘Atithi Devo Bhava’ is the tradition of the people of Puri who have also backed the Chief Minister’s decision. “Our CM has taken a bold step for securing Puri and making it more beautiful. Not only the people of Odisha, but people around the world are praising the State Government’s decision.”
Chauhan added, the Amicus Curiae and Solicitor General met people from different walks of life and sought their opinion. “The general sentiment was that people are happy and support the move. Opposition should avoid petty politics and back the Governemnt in making Puri a world heritage city.”
BJP leader Prithviraj Harichandan said that the Government took a hasty decision for demolition. “Why were the petty shopkeepers and residents not given time. The manner in which the action was undertaken, is wrong,” he added.
Congress MLA Suresh Routray echoed Harichandan and said that the Amicus Curiae was presented a wrong picture. “He toured the places where the demolition was done and cleaned up. The Amicus Curiae did not meet the affected people,” Routray said.