Sevaits at Puri's Jagannath Temple protest against Mamata's visit to shrine for standing by meat-eaters

A faction of the sevaits at Puri's Jagannath Temple feel that Mamata has stood by those who eat meet and hence they are protesting against her being allowed inside the shrine.

Ahead of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's visit to Puri later this week, some sevaits of the Jagannath temple in the city are protesting against her coming here for reportedly standing by with non-vegetarians.

A faction of the sevaits at Puri's Jagannath Temple feel that Mamata has stood by those who eat meet and hence they are raising questions on her being allowed inside the temple.

Mamata will be on a three-day visit to Odisha starting today evening.

During her three-day visit, Mamata will offer prayers at the Lord Jagannath Temple in Puri.

ONE SEVAIT ARRESTED FOR PROTEST

The police under whose jurisdiction the Jagannath Temple falls have also arrested a sevait named Somanath Khuntia for protesting against her visit.

According to Khuntia, Mamata has offended the feelings of several Hindus by allowing eating of cow and buffalo meat.

As Puri temple is a Hindu Sanatan Temple, he said if Mamata entered its premises, the sevayits might go on a large-scale protest too.

On the other hand, there are other sevaits who are all set to welcome her.

Daitapati sevak of Jagannath Temple Swain Mohapatra said, "Mamata Banarjee will arrive at Puri temple. I will welcome her by giving Khandua. Mamata will stay at the temple for around an hour. Those who are protesting against her visit are not projecting the shrine in the correct light."

Meanwhile, the district administration and police have tightened security ahead of her visit.

(WITH SOURABHA HARICHANDAN IN PURI)

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