BJP's Sambit Patra Clarifies Remark on Lord Jagannath; CM Naveen Patnaik Says 'Odia Asmita Deeply Hurt'

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Last Updated: May 20, 2024, 20:13 IST

Puri, India

 Prime Minister Narendra Modi during a roadshow for Lok Sabha elections, in Puri, Monday, May 20, 2024. (PTI Photo)

Puri: Prime Minister Narendra Modi during a roadshow for Lok Sabha elections, in Puri, Monday, May 20, 2024. (PTI Photo)

Clarifying over his remark, Sambit Patra said it was a slip of tongue and asked his rivals not to make an issue out of a nonexistent issue. 

BJP leader Sambit Patra on Monday landed in a controversy over his “Lord Jagannath is a bhakt of PM Narendra Modi”, drawing condemnation from the Biju Janata Dal (BJD) and Congress. However, the BJP candidate from Odisha’s Puri seat later clarified that it was a slip of tongue and asked his rivals not to make an issue out of a nonexistent issue.

Condemning Patra’s remark, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said Mahaprabhu Shree Jagannatha is the Lord of Universe and 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, he said in a post on X, formerly Twitter.

Mahaprabhu Shree 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…

— Naveen Patnaik (@Naveen_Odisha) May 20, 2024

Senior Congress leader Jairam Ramesh demanded that Patra should be immediately disqualified.

Patra, who lost 2019 elections from Puri, asked Patnaik not to make an issue out of a nonexistent issue.

Naveen Ji Namaskar!I gave number of bytes today to multiple media channels after the massive success of Shri Narendra Modiji’s Road Show in Puri today, everywhere I mentioned that Modi ji is an ardent “Bhakt” of Shri Jagannath Mahaprabhu ..by mistake during one of the bytes I… https://t.co/6Q1Kuj5E6O— Sambit Patra (Modi Ka Parivar) (@sambitswaraj) May 20, 2024

Prime Minister Narendra Modi conducted a roadshow in Puri in support of Sambit Patra earlier today.

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