The state Govt of Odisha’s decision to not allow devotees to climb the chariots or touch the deities during this year’s Rath Yatra is backfiring with protests and voices raised against this issue coming from all corners.The major opposition to this decision is coming from Shankaracharya of Puri as well as the BJP’s Odisha unit.Reacting to the rising controversy the state assembly has formed a special panel or committee to look after whether this decision is to be sustained or reviewed once again.
After members of the party brought forward this issue in the House, Speaker Niranjan Pujari on Wednesday evening took participation in a high-level meeting, which was conducted in the presence of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik.This year’s Rath Yatra is expected to commence from 29th June.
It was thus concluded that a special panel would be formed, led by former minister and senior BJD legislator Maheswar Mohanty. The panel would also include Leader of the Opposition Narasingha Mishra and BJP legislature party leader K V Singhdeo. Mohanty, being a former speaker of the state Assembly, and other members of the panel will conduct discussions with all concerned authorities before submitting a report to the government.