Bhubaneswar: Former speaker of Odisha Legislative Meeting and author, Sarat Kar, who handed away on Monday right here at a non-public hospital, was not given his due proper of a State farewell posthumously.
Kar’s household, a number of political leaders from Cuttack and even the general public have expressed their resentment over the State authorities’s choice in not dedicating State honours to the late chief.
“It’s disgraceful that such a distinguished determine of Odisha’s political and literary historical past has not been given his due final rights,” acknowledged Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee President (OPCC) Niranjan Pattanaik.
Niranjan has written a letter to CM Naveen Patnaik apprising him concerning the incident and sought his intervention to find out the precise cause behind the denial of honours to Kar.
Questioning whether or not it was his choice or taken by some authorities official, the Congress chief has additionally requested the CM to take needed motion on this regard.
Kar’s household has mentioned that he was an ardent devotee of Lord Jagannath, however regardless of that, they weren’t allowed to conduct his final rites at Puri’s Swargadwar.
His spouse, Anima Kar, has additionally expressed her grief over the difficulty and has appealed to the federal government to take the matter into consideration.
Odisha Legislation Minister Pratap Jena responded in direction of the allegations relating to not paying the guard of honour by the federal government to former Meeting Speaker Sarat Kar.
Jena mentioned that the State Honours couldn’t be offered because of the timing of the funeral which was to happen within the night hours.
He added that, regardless of needs of Kar’s members of the family, the actions had been carried on respecting the mandatory tips in the course of the Covid-19 pandemic. This was additionally the explanation why the members of the laws weren’t allowed to participate.
Minister of State, Ashok Panda, nonetheless was despatched because the Authorities consultant by CM Naveen Patnaik to pay the final respects.
Jena criticised OPCC chief Niranjan Patnaik for blowing the difficulty out of proportion.