Bhubaneswar: Minister Damodar Rout, who is known for his off-the-cuff remarks, has once again landed in controversy for his 'beggar' remarks on Brahmins.
Protesting his remarks, a group of Brahmins staged a protest against Minister Rout in Puri today demanding his suspension. The activists under the banner of Odisha Vedic Brahmana Parisad and Mukti Mandap Brahman Mahasabha staged a demonstration by burning effigies of the Minister. They also warned that they would intensify their protest in coming days.
On the other hand, Minister Rout refused to apologize for his remarks and said, "I have not committed any mistake. Hence, there is no question of seeking apology. A few politicians are making an issue out of it for their own interest."
He further questioned in a sarcastic tone if what Puri Brahmins accept is alms or is that tax.
It may be mentioned here that Rout, while attending a function in Malkangiri recently, stated that tribals never ask for anything; rather Brahmins beg for alms, if situation arises. The statement has triggered strong resentment among the priest community.