Puri/Bhubaneswar: The final coordination committee meeting of Rath Yatra to be chaired by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has been rescheduled for July 6. The meeting is scheduled to be held on July 3.
The decision is said to be taken after Sri Jagannath Sevayat Sammilani urged all the servitors to boycott the meeting to protest the alleged attempt to defame them.
The Sammilani put up posters on the walls of the temple today condemning the “repressive” attitude of the Puri collector towards the servitors.
The posters cited a “series of false allegations and anti-servitor” tendency of the Puri collector to “defame” the servitors on several issues including the purported letter received from Rashtrapati Bhawan on the alleged disrespect to Savita Kovind, wife of President Ram Nath Kovind, during their visit to the temple on March 18
The Sammilani also referred to an incident on ‘Niladri Bije’ last year in the posters.
The secretary of the Sammilani, Kashinath Khuntia, alleged that the district collector, in an attempt to tarnish the image of the servitors, has started a “vilification campaign” against the entire community.
Therefore, the servitors have been urged to boycott the coordination meeting, Khuntia said.
The servitors were unhappy with the district collector after the chief administrator of Shree Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) told the media that it had not received any Rashtrapati Bhawan communiqué on the alleged disrespect to Savita Kovind by some servitors during the First couple’s visit to the temple.