SC ruling on Srimandir affair will lead to fresh crisis: Bijoy Mohapatra

Bhubaneswar: A day after the Supreme Court ruling over abolition of hereditary sevak tradition in Sri Jagannath temple in Puri, senior BJP leader Bijoy Mohapatra today said the parties representing the government in Supreme Court failed to present facts on temple records.

The Advocate General (AG) should have opposed it in the court. The ruling will lead to a new crisis in the temple management. Breaking the oldest tradition is a tough task, Mohapatra said.

Comparing Srimandir where 120 services are offered to deities with other temples in the country is not correct, he added.

The veteran leader said as the first servitor of Lord Jagannath, Gajapati Maharaj should represent the priests. He should convene a meeting in presence of Chief Secretary, Shankaracharya, Law department secretary discuss the issue.

Similarly, Law Minister Pratap Jena said the copy of Supreme Court order has not yet been received. The ruling will be examined thoroughly. Government is aware about Sri Jagannath temple reforms. This is the interim order of the apex court. Necessary action will be taken after final order, Jena said adding that law would be amended if needed.

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