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Delayed Srimandir rituals disrupts Odisha Assembly

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Bhubaneswar: The delayed rituals in Puri Srimandir led to repeated disruptions in Odisha Assembly on Tuesday.

Both Congress and BJP MLAs created commotion during the Question Hour following which Speaker Pradip Kumar Amat urged them to cooperate to run the House. However, as the opposition legislators continued the uproar, the Speaker adjourned the House till 11.30 AM.

Amat adjourned the House again for the second time at 11.30 AM due to pandemonium by the Congress and BJP MLAs over the same issue. The house was adjourned till 12.50 PM.

Later, the Speaker adjourned the House till 3 PM as the similar situation continued following which he called for an all-party meeting at 3 PM.

“What happened in Sri Jagannath Temple yesterday is really condemnable. It happened only due to the negligence of those who are in charge. Either, they should have followed the High Court order or filed a review petition. A situation of conflict has erupted in Puri. Therefore we raised the issue during the Question Hour to draw the attention of the state government into the matter,” said Leader of Opposition Narasingha Mishra while speaking to the reporters.

Adding to Mishra, BJP MLA Pradip Purohit said, “We condemn the entire episode. The state government should immediately intervene in the matter and take stringent action against those who are involved in the delay of the rituals.”

The ritual of Srimandir got delayed yesterday and even has been stopped completely today owing to tiff between servitors and the Shree Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA).

The argument between the two sides erupted after the Suar and Mahasuar community of the Puri Srimandir staged dharna demanding compensation for the losses incurred due to wastage of the mahaprasad bhog that could not be offered to the deities due to the delay in temple rituals yesterday.and remained as ‘Amhunia Mahaprasad’.

On the other hand, SJTA Chief Pradeep Jena requested them to put forth their demand before Orissa High Court.