Both the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Congress on Tuesday criticized the Odisha government for failing to appoint a permanent Srimandir administrator, disregarding the leadership of the Supreme Court.
Amidst the row of the Jagannath Temple Heritage Corridor Project which deepens every day, the BJP and Congress have started to corner the government on the appointment of a permanent temple administrator.
While Bhubaneswar BJP MP Aparajita Sarangi raised the issue on Monday, top Saffron Party leader Bijoy Mohapatra and top Congress leader Narasingha Mishra launched a fierce attack on the government over the same issue.
“There should be a permanent chief administrator who would have no other responsibilities than the management of the temple. There was a direction from the Supreme Court in that regard as well. Not following the direction of the SC indicates the ulterior motive of the state government,” said Bijoy Mohapatra.
Similarly, Narasingha Mishra said, “The state government knowingly avoids the Supreme Court’s directive to appoint a permanent administrator for Srimandir. If the state government ignores the leadership of the SC, we cannot say who it will obey.
Responding to the allegations, Cuttack Mayor Subash Singh said: “Our (ruling BJD) party spokesperson has already clarified. The arguments on the matter are without merit.