Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Puri, Feb 28:
A dissident faction of the Daitapati Nijog has openly revolted against incumbent office bearers of the servitor body and has sought an invite from the Odisha government for conducting Nabakalebara Yatra.
The rift within the servitor body, signs of which were visible earlier too, widened further on Friday with the dissident faction leader Ganesh Dasmohapatra issuing a statement seeking an invite from the Odisha government to conduct the 2015 Nabakalebara Yatra.
In his statement, Dasmohapatra said that wheh it was proposed at the meeting to form a committee for the Nabakalebara Yatra and hold discussions with the government on all outstanding issues, some members abused them in abusive words. Those who made the proposal then abandoned the meeting half way.
“Some members of the Nijog sitting in the comfort of their homes have formed committee on their own and are distributing leaflets,” the statement said.
The faction in revolt has offered to conduct the Nabakalebara Yatra smoothly if the state government officially permits it to do so.
Dasmohapatra has claimed in a written statement issued on Friday that the faction has the support of 90 Daitapati members.
The list contains the names of 19 senior Daitapatis and claimed to include that of two Badagrahis (body protectors of respective idols) –Jagannath Swain Mohapatra, Badagrahi of Lord Jagannath and Ramachandra Dasmohapatra, Badagrahi of Lord Subhadra. Sources said the two Badagrahis were instrumental in organizing the split.
This faction had openly expressed its resentment at the Nijog meeting held on February 14 where it was decided that the Nijog would not have any discussions with the government unless and until the arrears for the 2014 Rath Yatra are paid by it.
On the other hand, office bearers of the Nijog have admitted they had heard about another faction having been formed, but said they had not received any formal information or letter from the other faction in this regard.
While charging the dissident faction with having created disruptions during the Rath Yatra, preventing devotees from having darshan atop chariots and indiscipline in the service provided by Daitapatis , the office bearers of the Nijog said they would take a decision on this count after receiving a formal communication in this regard.
“Some people with vested interests and selfish intentions are trying to create disturbances,” said Ramkrushna Dasmohapatra, President, Daitapati Nijog.
He said: “Daitapati Nijog has already formed its Nabakalebara Committee. The Committee has already begun working. We had gone to Deuli Mutt on Thursday and have taken stock of the situation there”.
The Nijog president said that indiscipline committed by some people would not be a hurdle for the Nabakalebara Yatra. The Nijog will be meeting today to discuss its future course of action, he said.