Odisha State Chairman of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Samir Mohanty on Saturday advised the ruling BJD government to execute the Puri Jagannath Temple heritage corridor project only in accordance with the relevant laws.
Meanwhile, Mohanty’s statement has given impetus to the Jagannath Mandir Banchao Abhiyan which is getting stronger day by day on social media platforms.
“In the interest of the safety of the shrine, the laws must be observed during any development activity near the temple. If the people of Odisha and devotees of Lord Jagannath join the ongoing movement to form common consent, it will create pressure on the government,” Mohanty said.
Biju Janata Dal (BJD) leader Debiprasad Mishra was quick to respond to Mohanty, saying the saffron party should come up with some suggestions instead of opposing the project.
“There is nothing wrong with the corridor project as its main objective is to conserve Srimandir, attract tourists, provide them with better visual experience and generate income opportunities for local people,” Mishra said.
“It will be useless if they (the BJP) just find fault with us. Rather they should suggest measures on how to run the initiative seamlessly,” Mishra added.
The conservation movement of Srimandir, the 12th century shrine of Lord Jagannath in Puri, has received massive support from people from all walks of life following the heritage corridor row.