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Odisha: CM Naveen in flatter controversy  

Monday June 09, 2014

Odisha, Biju Janata Dal, BJD, Naveen Patnaik, Jesus Christ  
 
"After a cabinet minister of Odisha calling himself a servant of Biju Patnaik family in a party rally of Biju Janata Dal (BJD), now the student leader of the party equating Naveen Patnaik with Jesus Christ has sparked another controversy while exposing how eager the leaders of BJD party are to impress their leader through over flattering and how fond Naveen Patnaik, the Leader of BJD, is of being flattered unreasonably."  
HNF Correspondent  
 

Biju janata Dal (BJD) leaders are in question again for buttering up party president and Chief Minister of Odisha Naveen Patnaik.

After a cabinet minister calling him a servant of Biju Patnaik family in a party rally, now the student leader of the party equating Naveen Patnaik with Jesus Christ has sparked another controversy while exposing how eager the leaders of BJD party are to impress their leader through over flattering and how fond Naveen Patnaik, the Leader of BJD, is of being flattered unreasonably.

As alleged by Odisha Minority Forum, while speaking at the meeting held to mark the 15th anniversary of BJD, the Biju Chattra Janata Dal President, Byomkesh Ray, equated BJD President and Odisha Chief Minister with Lord Jesus Christ stating that as Europe found salvation in Lord Jesus Christ, similarly Odisha found salvation from the darkness through Naveen Patnaik.

 

As per witnesses, the BJD student wing leader said that Jesus took birth on December 25 as a ray of light in the west and on Dec 26, BJD took birth in Odisha as a ray of light in Odisha politics.

Castigating this as a blasphemous statement, Odisha Minority Forum President, Dr. Swarupananda Patra blasted Naveen Patnaik and his sycophants like Byomkesh Ray who, in their effort to impress the former, hurt members of minority religious communities.

Speaking to the press and media, Dr.Swarupananda Patra said, “Christians not only in Odisha and India but across the world would be pained by this sacrilegious statement made by the BJD leader of equating Lord Jesus Christ with a man named Naveen Patnaik and worse that it was done in the presence of party president and Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on the dais and the Chief Minister of Odisha was just nodding away happily. This shows the scant respect that Naveen Patnaik has towards minorities and further using the name of Lord Jesus Christ for political gains is highly condemned by all the Christians in Odisha, India and beyond. It was the responsibility of BJD Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik to clarify before the same audience that he would not prefer any comparison to Lord Jesus Christ.”

Meant to say that Naveen’s silence over such a statement indicates his support, a release issued by Dr Patra on behalf of Odisha Minority Forum mentioned, “The Christians across Odisha and beyond demand that Naveen Patnaik clarify before the state and the nation that it was an aberration and that he does not hold such a view.”

Declaring himself to be a strong believer of secularism, Byomkesh Ray apologised to all hurt by his statement and said in a release that he had no political or any other intention while praising Jesus Christ emotionally.

However, BJD President and Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has not given any reaction over the controversy.

 
 

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