Missing Ratna Bhandar key: Dharmendra Pradhan questions CM Naveen’s silence

Bhubaneswar: Union Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister, Dharmendra Pradhan today questioned the silence of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on the controversy surrounding the disappearance of Puri Srimandir Ratna Bhandar (treasure trove) key.

People of Odisha know about the Ratna Bhandar and its contents. It is not about inquiry, but surprisingly, the Chief Minister is still silent on the issue, said Pradhan.

“The Chief Minister, who in case of trivial issues reaches out to people saying that law will take its own course, has not spoken over the issue even after two months. Devotees of Lord Jagannath and people of Odisha expect more transparency from the persons who are responsible for the safe keeping of Ratha Bhandar’s property,” said Pradhan.

“If there is any truth behind the disappearance of the Ratna Bhandar key then it is a serious matter,” he added.

Pradhan also opined that the judicial commission is not the answer to the suspicions rising in the minds of people.

“A commission had also been formed for ‘Brahma Parivartan’ fiasco and mismanagement during Nabakalebara. It should not be a means to misguide the people. The problem will not be solved by forming a commission headed by a retired judge” he said.

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