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Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) National Vice President Baijayant 'Jay' Panda on Sunday expressed his deep concern over the 'mismanagement' in the darshan system in place at Puri Srimandir. 

While speaking to the media on the sidelines of a programme organised at the Rayagada BJP office, Panda said, “It is a matter of grave concern that devotees are experiencing problems in getting a glimpse of Lord Jagannath. It should not happen.”

“We have been witnessing various cases of negligence such as the Ratna Bhandar issue and the present arrangements there. It really hurts me,” he added.

Earlier in the day, he attended a special programme held at the Rayagada BJP office on the occasion of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s monthly radio programme ‘Mann Ki Baat’. 

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Expressing his happiness for the participation of people from all walks of life, he said, “It is an apolitical programme. But it is our duty to organise this programme to listen to the Prime Minister. It gave me immense pleasure that local residents, neighbours and friends participated in the programme. I hope, hearing this programme, people of Rayagada district will also find places in the Prime Minister’s programme.”

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