Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Puri, Jun 23:
Even as four senior Daitapati servitors are scheduled to meet the chief administrator of Shree Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) and record their version of the delay in the Brahma Parivartan ritual later in the day, two out of the four ministers ordered to camp in Puri and monitor the progress of work for the Nabakalebara met Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik this morning.
Energy minister Pranab Prakash Das and Health minister Atanu Sabyasachi Nayak met the Chief Minister for the second time in two days. It is, however, not clear what transpired at the meeting.
Two other ministers – Law minister Arun Sahu and Urban Developement minister Pushpendra Singhdeo – have already reached Puri last evening while Das and Nayak will join them today, sources said.
One of the first tasks for the ministers after reaching Puri would be to meet the office bearers of the Puri Bar Association and dissuade then from going ahead with the bandh tomorrow, the sources said.
At a meeting held yesterday, the Association, while giving a call for Puri bandh on Wednesday, demanded a judicial inquiry into the bungling during the Brahma Parivartan ritual by a sitting judge of the High Court and immediate disbanding of the SJTA and suspension of the chief administrator.
Four servitors to meet SJTA chief
The four senior servitors, scheduled to appear before the SJTA today are Bidyapati Narasingha Pati Mohapatra, Biswabasu Binayak Das Mohapatra, president of Daitapati Nijog Rama Krushna Das Mohapatra and its secretary Premananda Das Mohapatra.
Of these four senior servitors, the president and the secretary of the Daitapati Nijog have earlier briefed the media about the incident.
In his briefing to the media, Premananda Das Mopahatra had said that the Brahma Parivartan rituals were delayed as the Biswakarma sevayats failed to complete the construction of the new idols in time. He had also admitted that he along with other Daitapatis had the darshan of the Brahma.
On the other hand, the Daitapati Nijog president had said the delay occurred as some Daitapati servitors urged the four Badagrahis to allow four senior Daitapati servitors to remain present during the Brahma Parivatan of the deities. A dispute ensued when the Badagrahis did not accept their demands, he had said.
However, the Bidyapati and Biswabasu servitors have not given any comments to the media on the dispute relating to Brahma Parivartan.
Earlier on Sunday, the SJTA had recorded the statement of four Badagrahis—Nabakishore Pati Mohapatra, Haladhar Das Mohapatra, Rama Chandra Das Mohapatra and Jagannath Swain Mohapatra— of Lord Sudarshan, Lord Balabhadra, Devi Subhadra and Lord Jagannath respectively.
Prior to their deposition before the SJTA, the Badagrahis of Lord Balabhadra and Devi Subhadra had briefed the media and held the Daitapati Nijog president and BJD Puri Nagar president Jayakrushna Mohapatra responsible for the gross deviation in the Brahma Parivartan rituals.