Dharmendra seeks clarification from CM over disrespect to Prez in Puri temple

Bhubaneswar: A day after Odisha government denied having received any communication from the Rashtrapati Bhavan about alleged misconduct towards President Ram Nath Kovind and his wife during their visit to the shrine in March, Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan today hit out at the State government for unnecessarily making it a controversy.

“As far as my knowledge is concerned there was no misconduct to the President and his wife at Srimandir. There was no report of any written complaint from the President’s office. At whose behest, such controversy is created'< he questioned seeking a clarification CM Naveen Patnaik.

Pradhan further said that BJD MP Pratap Deb had also informed that government had received complaint from Rastrapati Bhavan. From whom, he knew about the communiqué, Pradhan asked.

Recently, media reported that the SJTA had received a letter from the Rashtrapati Bhavan which alleged that some servitors created problems for President Kovind and his wife Savita Kovind during their visit to the 12th-century shrine on March 18.

A day after, newly appointed SJTA chief administrator PK Mohapatra had said “We have not received any communication from the President’s office. They have not even made any oral complaint to us about misconduct by anyone. However, we are concerned over alleged misbehaviour towards devotees visiting the temple.

When contacted, Chief Secretary A P Padhi, too, said that the state government had not received any communication from the Rastrapati Bhavan.


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