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Tuesday, July 23rd, 2024

‘…BJP will not spare even the gods’, Congress furious over Sambit Patra’s statement about Lord Jagannath

New Delhi: A political uproar has arisen over BJP spokesperson and Puri Lok Sabha candidate Sambit Patra’s statement related to Lord Jagannath. Taking aim at his statement, Congress President Mallikarjun Kharge said that BJP, intoxicated with power, will not spare even our Gods, leave alone the people of India. He said that the remarks made by the BJP candidate from Puri are an insult to Mahaprabhu Shri Jagannath who is worshiped by crores of people. We condemn this in the strongest terms. On June 4, this ego will be destroyed by the ‘will of the people’. Criticizing this statement, Rahul Gandhi wrote that when the Prime Minister starts considering himself a king and the courtiers start considering him as God, then understand that the downfall of the Lanka of sin is near. Who gave the right to a handful of BJP people to hurt the sentiments of crores of people? This ego is causing their destruction. On Tuesday, Congress was seen fiercely attacking BJP and Patra.

‘PM Modi should expel Sambit Patra from the party’

Congress media department head Pawan Kheda, while targeting BJP, said that PM Modi should expel Sambit Patra from the party and himself apologize to the devotees of Lord Jagannath. Addressing the PM, Kheda said that PM Modi should show courage and, respecting the faith of the devotees of Lord Jagannath, expel Sambit Patra from the party. There are crores of devotees of Lord Jagannath. America, Canada and Australia, everywhere… wherever I go, I listen to Jai Jagannath. Kheda did not stop here, he claimed on social media that if Sambit Patra had been in the Congress Party, he would have been immediately thrown out of the party for playing with the faith of crores of devotees of Lord Jagannath. Prime Minister Modi should show courage, expel Sambit Patra from the party and himself apologize to the crores of devotees of Lord Jagannath, the creator of the universe in India and abroad.

Supriya Shrinet also took on BJP

On the other hand, Congress spokesperson Supriya Shrinet also took the BJP to task. Describing Patra’s statement as an attack on the faith of crores of Hindus who believe in Lord Shri Ram and Mahaprabhu Jagannath, he reiterated his demand for an apology from PM Modi. Srinet said that whatever Sambit Patra has said is a complete insult to crores of Hindus who have faith and belief in their religion and God. Narendra Modi ji will have to apologize for this. Taking aim at the Congress, Shrinate tried to highlight all those examples where BJP leaders compared PM Modi to God. Taking aim, Supriya said that this is not the first time that BJP has insulted Hindu gods and goddesses by equating them with Narendra Modi. He reminded how at the time of Ram Lalla’s consecration in Ayodhya, a photo was posted by BJP’s official handle, in which Shri Ram is in the form of a child and Narendra Modi is carrying him holding his finger. So, during Pran Pratistha, big cut-outs of Shri Ram and Narendra Modi were installed in Ayodhya.

‘Narendra Modi… has started calling himself the messenger of God’

Referring to Champat Rai associated with Ram Mandir Trust, Supriya said that he had called PM Modi the incarnation of Lord Vishnu. Shrinate said that BJP leader Giriraj Singh called PM Modi an incarnation of God, BJP candidate from Mandi Kangana Ranaut called him a part of Lord Shri Ram, while Sakshi Maharaj called PM Modi an incarnation of Lord Ram and former Chief Minister of Uttarakhand Tirath Singh. Rawat compared Modi to God. Supriya Shrinet targeted that Narendra Modi has become so narcissistic due to such propaganda that he has started calling himself the messenger of God. The Congress spokesperson sarcastically compared PM Modi with dictatorial leaders Hitler and Korea’s Kim Jong Un and said that such propaganda has been seen before in history. Hitler also described himself as God and Kim Jong Un also described himself as having divine powers. Congress said that this statement cannot be condemned enough. Taking a dig at Patra for apologizing for his statement, Srinet said that when his statement started being opposed, he was talking about fasting and apologizing falsely.

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Not only Congress, all the opposition parties seem to be attacking BJP regarding Patra’s statement. Even Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik has condemned the statement. In fact, the way BJP has been attacking other parties regarding Hindu faith and religion, this time the opposition parties have got such an opportunity. The opposition is seeing this as a good opportunity to corner BJP. Actually, one of the reasons behind raising this issue against BJP is that for Odisha, Lord Jagannath is not just the center of religion or faith, but it is an integral part of their culture. Along with the Lok Sabha, assembly elections are also being held in Odisha. Two phases of elections have been held there, while two phases are still left. Elections are pending in important places like Kakat, Bhubaneswar, where BJP has a lot of stake. BJP is cornering CM Patnaik and BJD there by raising the issue of Oriya pride and Oriya identity. In such a situation, the opposition parties have got a sharp opportunity to blunt this edge of BJP.

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