Himansu Shekhar Rout

With the controversy over YouTuber and Hindi blogger Kamiya Jani’s entry into Srimandir with 5T chairperson VK Pandian refusing to die down, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Odisha raised several questions and emphasized the need for a debate at all levels.
The YouTuber is accused of consuming beef and promoting beef-based cuisines on her YouTube channel, which she has refused after the controversy surfaced following her visit to Puri Srimandir. 

Speaking to the media, the president of Odisha BJP, Manmohan Samal observed, “Why did Kamiya Jani enter Srimandir? Who facilitated her entry into it and why? There is a need for a debate on the issue.”

The BJP veteran also pointed out that former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi had tried to enter the Puri temple in the past, but she could not. “The temple has its own sets of special rituals, distinct traditional rules and regulations, restrictions and provisions on the matter of entry which are always respected. However, such laws have been violated by Kamiya Jani. Many have failed on this front,” he added.

Samal also stated that former BJD MP Pyarimohan Mohapatra had earlier made a controversial statement about Srimandir, for which he had to face severe flak and opposition from various quarters across the state and the country as well. Finally, Pyari Babu had to tender his apologies, he said.

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The entry of the YouTuber into Shree Jagannath temple will be the topic of discussion and debate from the bottom to the top level and there is a need for it, the BJP leader said. 

However, no comments have been received from the state government or the temple administration in this regard.

On the other hand, Kamiya Jani has refuted the allegation against her through her blog post. Asserting that she has been a practising Hindu, she denied having violated any laws related to the entry into the temple.

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