Bhubaneswar:11/10/18: Journalist Abhijit Iyer Mitra has tendered an apology for making disparaging and derogatory remark regarding Odisha, Sun Temple at Konark and Lord Jagannath.
In a letter addressed to Odisha assembly speaker, Pradip Kumar Amat, Mitra is reported to have tendered his apology.
Meanwhile the House Committee of the Odisha Assembly, chaired by the leader of the Opposition Narasingha Mishra, met today to deliberate over the issue. Earlier Mitra had been summoned to appear before it. However Mitra did not turn up today despite being summoned.
Earlier the legislators of ruling BJD and opposition had demanded action against one Abhijit Iyer Mitra for making derogatory remarks on the Sun Temple in Konark.
Mitra had reportedly flown in along with former BJD MP Baijayant Panada in a chopper on September 15. In a video uploaded on social media, Mitra was seen criticising the 13th Century temple. He had also reportedly made objectionable remark on Jagannath temple.