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Odisha Reacts To Insensitive Remarks By Jay Panda’s Aide On Konark Architecture

**Bhubaneswar**: A video posted on twitter handle by Abhijit Iyer Mitra, a close associate of former Kendrapada MP Baijayant Panda, shot inside the premises of world famous Konark Sun Temple has created flutters in Odisha. In his video, Abhijit clearly mentions the architecture at the world heritage temple to be obscene, and anti-Hindu.

He posted his video on twitter with the message:
” my special message to you from the Konark temple expressing my utter disgust at this monumental conspiracy against the Hindu Civilisation.”

The leader of Opposition Narasingha Mishra expressed his resentment over the video and comments posted on twitter. He said, ” A non-Odia was commenting on Konark Temple- the pride of Odisha. His comments have definitely hurt the sentiments of the people of Odisha. According to him in the video, the naked sculptures on Konark Temple is contrary to Hindu culture and pointed out this is Muslim culture. Moreover, he has also said that no such art will be found in the Ram Temple which will be constructed. I condemn his statements and urge the State Government to take immediate action on this.”

He further elaborated, “That gentleman also viewed Jagannnath Temple at Puri and observed it as a good tourist place. This statement has also hurt the sentiments of the people of Odisha as they consider it as a religious institution not a place for tourism. Tourists might be coming to Puri but not as a tourist place but a place of worship for Hindus. Such comments, and flying over the temple which is not permissible under the State Government, also needs to be observed. This gentleman, said to be a RSS cadre, was brought by a top politician in his own chopper and was instrumental in taking him to Konark and flying over Jagannath Temple. Government should take immediate action in this matter.”

The Twitteratti have strongly reacted and condemned the views of Abhijit Iyer Mitra.

This incident created ruckus on the floors of the Odisha Assembly as the ruling BJD members demanded the arrests of both Jay Panda and his friend Abhijit Iyer Mitra over their allegedl illegal chopper flying ovr the restricted zones of Puri, Konark and Chilika.

But these outbursts seem to have no effect on Abhijit as he tweeted:

“Happy to answer to anyone for my allegedly “distasteful” remarks. Says a lot about the abysmal intellectual Calibre of @Naveen_Odisha’s MLA’s the cant tell satire from seriousness. But why drag Jay Panda into something he didn’t say? Pathetic”

Notably,posted on September 15, Iyer’s tweets proudly boast of a helicopter circumambulating the Puri Jagannath temple. In another tweet made on the same day, Iyer posted a bird’s eye view of the Konark Sun Temple. The following day, he posted a video shot inside the premises of the Konark Temple demeaning the architectural marvel by terming it obscene.

**Also Read:** [Odisha: Did Jay Panda’s Chopper Fly Over Puri & Konark Temples?](https://ommcomnews.com/odisha-news/odisha-did-jay-panda-s-chopper-fly-over-puri-konark-temples-)

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