BJD takes swipe at Bhubaneswar MP Aparajita Sarangi’s Odia culture, NMA knowledge

By Express News Service

BHUBANESWAR: As confrontation over heritage bylaws hots up between Biju Janata Dal and Bharatiya Janata Party, a combative ruling occasion on Wednesday countered Bhubaneswar MP Aparajita Sarangi’s claims and stated Regional Director of Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), Kolkata, is the competent authority for heritage bylaws for Centrally protected monuments in Odisha.

The ruling occasion additionally took a jibe at the BJP MP’s ‘Odia tradition understanding’ and pitched her in opposition to fellow MP and Union MSME Minister Pratap Sarangi who has been assuring rollback of the heritage bylaws going in opposition to the saffron outfit’s stand on the difficulty.

A day after Aparajita Sarangi offered a Central gazette notification to quote that Director, Culture division is competent authority of NMA, Odisha, BJD normal secretary (media affairs) Manas Mangaraj stated as per Section 20(E) of Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains Act, 1958, the Regional Director of ASI, Kolkata, is the NMA-Odisha competent authority who has despatched the proposal for heritage bylaws for Odisha’s temples. 

Furnishing a gazette notification to again his claims, he stated, “As the MP does not understand Odia culture, may be it is difficult for her to appreciate the sensitivity involved in a religious issue that links living deities with sevayats and devotees.”

“Perhaps Honourable Minister Pratap Sarangi who is from Odisha is able to understand these sensitivities in a better way,” Mangaraj added.

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