Prime Minister Narendra Modi during a roadshow for Lok Sabha elections, in Puri, Monday, May 20, 2024. (PTI Photo)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi throughout a roadshow for Lok Sabha elections, in Puri, Monday, Could 20, 2024. (PTI Picture)

Clarifying over his comment, Sambit Patra stated it was a slip of tongue and requested his rivals to not make a difficulty out of a nonexistent situation. 

BJP chief Sambit Patra on Monday landed in an issue over his “Lord Jagannath is a bhakt of PM Narendra Modi”, drawing condemnation from the Biju Janata Dal (BJD) and Congress. Nevertheless, the BJP candidate from Odisha’s Puri seat later clarified that it was a slip of the tongue and requested his rivals to not make a difficulty out of a nonexistent situation.

Condemning Patra’s comment, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik stated Mahaprabhu Shree Jagannatha is the Lord of Universe and calling Mahaprabhu a bhakt of one other human being is an insult to the Lord. This has damage the emotions and demeaned the religion of crores of Jagannatha bhaktas and Odias the world over, he stated in a submit on X, previously Twitter.

Senior Congress chief Jairam Ramesh demanded that Patra must be instantly disqualified.

Patra, who misplaced the 2019 elections from Puri, requested Patnaik to not make a difficulty out of a nonexistent situation.

Later, speaking to the information company ANI, the BJP chief stated he has determined to do a ‘upvaas’ to hunt forgiveness from Mahaprabhu Jagannath for this slip of the tongue.

“At present, an announcement made by me had created an issue. After PM Narendra Modi’s roadshow in Puri, I gave byte to many media channels and in every single place I stated the identical factor, that PM Narendra Modi is an ardent devotee of Mahaprabhu Jagannath… In the long run, when one other channel took my byte, it was extraordinarily sizzling, crowded and noisy. Unknowingly, whereas giving the byte, I stated the alternative, that Mahaprabhu is a devotee of PM Narendra Modi. This will by no means be true, and an individual in his senses can by no means say such issues that god is a devotee of a human,” Patra stated.

“I’ve made this error unintentionally. I do know some folks will need to have been damage however even god forgives errors made unintentionally… I would like to hunt forgiveness from Mahaprabhu Jagannath for this slip of the tongue and I’ve determined to do a ‘upvaas’,” he added.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi provided prayers on the Jagannath temple in Puri on Monday morning, and led a roadshow right here to canvass help for candidates of the BJP. He led the roadshow from Marichkote sq. to Medical sq. on Grand Street in Puri. The PM was accompanied by state BJP president Manmohan Samal, the social gathering’s MP candidate Sambit Patra and Puri MLA nominee Jayanta Sarangi.

Hundreds of individuals lined up on either side of the barricaded stretch on Grand Street, waving on the prime minister, holding the lotus image. Elaborate safety preparations had been in place for the roadshow, police stated. After the roadshow, Modi will go away in a helicopter for Angul, the place he’s scheduled to deal with a public assembly. The PM will then arrive in Cuttack for an additional ballot rally.

The second section of polling for 5 Lok Sabha constituencies and 35 meeting seats in Odisha started amid tight safety on Monday.

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