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BJP Puri Lok Sabha candidate Sambit Patra’s controversial statement on LordJagannath has deeply hurt the Odia Asmita: Naveen Patnaik

Bhubaneswar: 20/5/24:BJP Puri Lok Sabha candidate Sambit Patra’s controversial statement on Lord Jagannath has deeply hurt the Odia Asmita and it will be condemned by the people of Odisha for a very long time, said Chief Minister and BJD President Naveen Patnaik.

The BJP leader has sparked a major controversy by reportedly saying that Lord Jagannath is a devotee of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Strongly denouncing the BJP MP candidate’s statement, the Odisha CM said, “Mahaprabhu Shri Jagannatha is the Lord of Universe. Calling Mahaprabhu a bhakt of another human being is an insult to the Lord. This has hurt the sentiments and demeaned the faith of crores of Jagannatha bhaktas and Odias across the world”.

The Lord is the greatest symbol of Odia Asmita. Calling Mahaprabhu a bhakt of another human being is condemnable, the CM said.

“I strongly denounce the statement made by the BJP Puri Lok Sabha candidate and I appeal to the BJP to keep the Lord above any political discourse. By this, you have deeply hurt Odia Asmita and this will be remembered and condemned by people of Odisha for a very long time”, the BJD President wrote on his ‘X’ handle.

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Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.
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