ANI Photo | “Hero-worship is road to dictatorship”: Congress slams Sabmit Patra over remarks relating to Lord Jagannath

The controversial remarks made by the BJP leader Sambit Patra that “Lord Jagannath is a devotee (bhakt) of Prime Minister Narendra Modi” has triggered a political row with the Congress accusing the ruling party of “not even sparing our Gods” and said that “hero-worship is a road to eventual dictatorship”.

However, Sambit Patra who is BJP’s candidate from Puri Lok Sabha seat, later described the comments as a “slip of the tongue”.
The latest war of words between the two parties came amid the middle of the election season with the polling now extending into the last two phases scheduled to be held on May 25 and June 1.
“Bhakti in religion may be a road to the salvation of the soul. But in politics, Bhakti or hero-worship is a sure road to degradation and to eventual dictatorship.” ~ Dr B. R. Ambedkar,” Kharge posted on X.
“The comments made by BJP’s Puri candidate is an insult to Mahaprabhu Shree Jagannatha revered by crores of people. We condemn it in the strongest possible words. It reinforces our charge that a BJP, drunk with power, will not even spare our Gods, let alone India’s people,” Kharge added.
His post added: “On June 4th, this arrogance shall be destroyed by “Will of the People”.
Clarifying the air around his statement, Patra said he was apologetic for his ‘slip of the tongue’, and that he would offer penance in the name of Lord Jagannath as an apology.
Patra landed in a row in Odisha on Monday after he told a local news channel that “Lord Jagannath is a devotee (bhakt) of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.” He later described it as a “slip of the tongue.”
Prime Minister Modi held a roadshow in the holy city of Puri on Monday morning along with BJP candidate Sambit Patra and addressed two public rallies later in the day.
The 2024 Lok Sabha elections are being held in seven phases from April 19-June 1. The counting and results would be declared on June 4

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