Bhubaneswar: Amid much hue and cry over controversial heritage by-laws for two ancient temples in Ekamra Kshetra, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today demanded the Centre for withdrawal of the draft notification framed by the National Monuments Authority (NMA).
Taking to microblogging site Twitter, he opposed the by-laws that would hurt sentiments of devotees as well as servitors of Lord Lingaraj. He opined that the NMA should take the State into confidence on sensitive religious issues.
Patnaik appealed to all the parliamentarians from Odisha to raise the issue with Union Ministry of Culture as the rituals of Lord Lingaraj may be affected due to the heritage by-laws.
Meanwhile, the servitors of the Lingaraj Temple today staged mass protest demanding withdrawal of NMA by-laws. By lighting up hundreds of diyas (lamps), the servitors protested in front of the Lingaraj Temple against the proposed draft notification.
Yesterday, the servitors had warned to stage demonstration for roll-back of the controversial by-laws like Puri Srimandir.