Bhubaneswar: Biju Janata Dal leader VK Pandian said in Bhubaneswar that he has given a big statement regarding 5-time Chief Minister of Odisha Naveen Patnaik. Pandian said Patnaik was determined to have the Shrimandir Parikrama Project in Puri and the Puri Heritage Corridor Project, also known colloquially as the Shri Jagannath Corridor. He said that Patnaik was ready to leave his 24-year-old government for this corridor. Let us tell you that former bureaucrat Pandian is known as a close associate of Patnaik.
‘I will leave the government, but will complete the project’
“I will take risks, I will leave my government, but I will complete this (project),” Pandian quoted Patnaik as saying. Pandian was speaking about the Rs 800 crore Srimandir Parikrama project and the heritage corridor around Puri’s Jagannath temple. This project was opposed by many people from the beginning in 2021. However, Patnaik completed it with determination. Pandian said, ‘Some very important person had asked the CM whether he was determined to do it? Because for so many years, many people have done nothing. The Chief Minister said that I am very serious about completing it.
‘People have given me a lot of love and affection’
Pandian said, ‘The person then said that there is a huge political risk in this because I have seen such chief ministers who started the project with full enthusiasm and then stopped it after 15 days or a month, because they knew that they He may get into such trouble that his political career may end and the government may also fall. According to Pandian, Patnaik told the man, ‘This is my fifth term. People have given me a lot of love and affection. He has expressed confidence in me.
‘…then my assessment in history will not be correct’
Patnaik said, ‘People also have immense love and reverence for Lord Jagannath, so if I do not do this for the people who have faith in me, then I feel that I will not be judged properly in history. . I will take risks, I will leave my government, but I will definitely get this work done. Pandian said Gajapati Maharaja Divyasingh Deb of Puri has clearly stated that something has been done to the 12th century temple after 700 years. Pandian said, ‘Gajapati is considered the king of Puri and is also the ‘doer’ of the temple.’
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