'I Have Decided To Do Upvaas': BJP's Sambit Patra After His 'Slip Of Tongue' Sparks Outrage

BJP leader Sambit Patra stirred controversy with his statement suggesting that Lord Jagannath is a devotee of PM Modi, drawing widespread outrage, particularly from political adversaries like Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik's Biju Janata Dal (BJD). Patra later clarified his intent, explaining that he aimed to underscore Modi's devotion but inadvertently misspoke.
Sambit Patra

BJP national spokesperson Sambit Patra

New Delhi: BJP leader Sambit Patra is under scrutiny for his remark implying that Lord Jagannath, the revered deity of an ancient town, is a devotee of PM Modi. This statement has triggered significant outrage, especially from political opponents such as Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik's Biju Janata Dal (BJD). Patra, however, later clarified that he meant to highlight Modi's devotion to Lord Jagannath but misspoke.
The incident took place amid the chaos and intense heat following PM Modi's roadshow. Patra later clarified that he intended to highlight PM Modi's devotion to Lord Jagannath but mistakenly phrased it as "Jagannath is Modi's bhakt." Caught on camera, his comment immediately ignited controversy, drawing criticism from various quarters. The political repercussions led Patra to announce a period of "upvaas" (fasting) as a form of atonement.
"Lakhs of people have gathered here to see PM Modi. Jagannath is Modi's bhakt and we are all PM Modi's family. I cannot control my emotions and I think today is a momentous day for all Odias," said Patra, who is the BJP candidate from Puri.
The BJP leader has announced his intention to observe "upavaas" as a gesture of seeking forgiveness from Mahaprabhu Jagannath for his slip of the tongue.
"Today, a statement made by me had created a controversy. After PM Narendra Modi's roadshow in Puri, I gave byte to many media channels and everywhere I said the same thing, that PM Narendra Modi is an ardent devotee of Mahaprabhu Jagannath... In the end, when another channel took my byte, it was extremely hot, crowded and noisy. Unknowingly, while giving the byte, I said the opposite, that Mahaprabhu is a devotee of PM Narendra Modi. This can never be true, and a person in his senses can never say such things that god is a devotee of a human. I have made this mistake unintentionally. I know some people must have been hurt but even god forgives mistakes made unintentionally... I need to seek forgiveness from Mahaprabhu Jagannath for this slip of the tongue and I have decided to do a 'upvaas'," Patra said in a video message on X.
Meanwhile, BJD's Naveen Patnaik condemned the remark, expressing that it was an insult to the deity and hurt the sentiments of countless devotees.
"Mahaprabhu Shree Jagannatha is the Lord of the Universe. Calling Mahaprabhu a bhakt of another human being is an insult to the Lord. This has hurt the sentiments and demeaned the faith of crores of Jagannatha bhaktas and Odias across the world," Patnaik posted on social media.
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