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Obstacles to Puri Rath Jatra should be removed: VHP

Obstacles to Puri Rath Jatra should be removed: VHP


Bhubaneswar, Jun 21 (PTI) The Vishwa Hindu Parishad”s
(VHP) Central Secretary-General Milind Parande on Sunday
demanded that appropriate steps be taken to ensure that the
annual Rath Jatra festival of Lord Jagannath in Puri is
celebrated observing all health protocols in view of the
COVID-19 outbreak.

In a statement, he said the festival has been
conducted uninterruptedly for hundreds of years and a way must
be found out to hold the festival this year too.

The VHP leader requested the Supreme Court to review
its stay order on holding of the Rath Jatra this year in view
of the COVID-19 crisis, saying, in today”s circumstances, it
is hardly expected that lakhs of devotees would gather for the

Parande said it is the responsibility of the Odisha
government to take steps to ensure that the Rath Jatra is not

The state government has completely failed in
fulfilling its duty in this respect. The Government of Odisha
could not properly place and articulate all the facts, figures
and aspects in this matter before the Hon”ble Supreme Court,
he said.

Meanwhile, the Bangladesh chapter of the World Hindu
Federation also urged the Supreme Court and the Union
Government to take measures allowing the Ratha Jatra this year
by maintaining social distance. PTI SKN SBN

Disclaimer :- This story has not been edited by Outlook staff and is auto-generated from news agency feeds. Source: PTI

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