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Odisha Chief Minister held discussions with Prime Minister Narendra Modi over organising Lord Jagannath’s Ratha Jatra

Bhubaneswar: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik held discussions with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday over organising Lord Jagannath’s Ratha Jatra in Puri this year, as the centuries-old religious event plunged into uncertainty following the COVID-19 outbreak.

“The chief minister spoke to the prime minister over the phone on Friday morning and discussed about organising the annual Ratha Jatra of Lord Jagannath,” a source in the Chief Minister’s Office.

 Patnaik apprised the prime minister of the COVID-19 situation in Odisha. The state has so far reported 90 coronavirus cases, while 33 patients have recovered from the disease and one has died.Patnaik informed the prime minister that about 10 lakh devotees assemble in Puri to celebrate the mega festival every year, sources said.

“They discussed how to maintain social distancing when a large number of people will gather in the pilgrim town for the Ratha Jatra celebrations,” they added.

The festival is scheduled for June 23 this year.


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