Odisha Assembly adjourned thrice over disruption in Jagannath Temple rituals


Bhubaneswar: The Odisha Assembly was adjourned thrice today following ruckus created by the oppositions Congress and BJP over rituals mismanagement in Jagannath Temple in Puri on Monday.

As the House began on Tuesday, the opposition members demanded a discussion on the impasse in the Shri Jaganath temple.

But as Speaker Pradip Amat did not give his ruling, the irate opposition members rushed to the well of the House and shouted slogans against the government apathy.

Unable to run the House, the Speaker adjourned the House till 11.30 am.

The issue again cropped up during zero hour as the opposition members stuck to their demand did not allow the House to function. Amid pandemonium, the Speaker adjourned the House against till 12.50 pm.

But as the situation continued to prevail in the House, the Speaker announced its adjournment till 3 pm and announced an all-party meeting to resolve the issue. However, the opposition parties boycotted the meeting following which the house was further adjourned till 5 pm.

“The manner in which the rituals of the Lords were disrupted and both the Lords and the devotees were deprived of Mahaprasad is grossly unfortunate and condemnable. It happened due to the negligence of the concerned authorities,” said the leader of opposition Narasingh Mishra.

BJP MLA Pradeep Purohit said while the servitors are on strike, the state government is in deep slumber. The disruption in rituals of the Lords in Shri Jagannath temple has deeply hurt the sentiments of the devotees not only in Odisha but also across the world.

He demanded action should be taken over the mismanagement in rituals.

Ruling party chief whip Amar Prasad Satpathy said the state government is fully aware of the situation and will do the needful without wasting any time.

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