Stop Politics Over Puri: Odisha Law Minister

Bhubaneswar: Odisha Law Minister and senior Biju Janata Dal (BJD) leader Pratap Jena while seeking cooperation from all today appealed to refrain from doing politics over the steps planned by the State government for the development of Puri and Lord Jagannath Temple (Sri Mandir).

“All should welcome the steps to be taken by the State government for the beautification of Puri city and security of Sri Mandir. There should be no politics over this,” the Law Minister said in response to a statement made by senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Bijoy Mohapatra terming State government’s action in Puri as completely illegal.

Jena said that the State government is working on how to make Sri Mandir more secure, beautify the area around the temple, make the city more attractive for the tourists and make it the topmost destination in the tourist map of India and added that the State government is doing that by providing appropriate financial assistance (compensation) to the affected parties.

“We need everyone’s cooperation in this matter. I would like to thank the people of Puri for their support and cooperation in this matter. People who are trying to do politics over this should refrain from that and rather cooperate for the security of Sri Mandir and further development of Puri city,” the BJD leader said.

Earlier in the day, senior BJP leader Bijoy Mohapatra in his comments on the State government’s demolition drive in Puri had told the media that the Government’s action was completely illegal.

“Everyone is speaking something on the basis of the report of Justice Bimal Das Commission. Justice Das Commission report is an interim report, the Commission hasn’t given its final report. No one has any idea about the final report. It has not been made public. The Government’s action using that as an alibi is completely illegal,” Mohapatra told newsmen here.

The senior BJP leader said that he has been observing the Government’s action in Puri for the last few days and has found it to be directionless.

“The situation is such as if the Government has lost its way. Firstly, the programmes to be undertaken by the Government for beautification of Puri and security of Sri Mandir will have the support of all. No one will oppose that,” he added.

Pratap Jena, Minister, Law, Odisha

Bijoy Mohapatra, Senior BJP leader

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