BHUBANESWAR: Odisha senior Congress leader and Jeypore MLA Taraprasad Bahinipati on Tuesday created a flutter in political circles as he urged the Koraput district administration to close liquor shops and bars on the Ram Mandir consecration day.
On January 22, Lord Ram’s magnificent temple in Ayodhya will be consecrated and Ram Lalla’s idol will be installed in the sanctum sanctorum of the temple. As per sources, several related activities will take place across the Koraput district and people will remain immersed in religious fervour.
“I would like to urge the district Collector to close liquor shops across the district on the day when the Ram Mandir will be consecrated in Ayodhya. If the liquor shops remain open, people will create nuisances,” said the lawmaker.
Soon after Taraprasad requested the district administration, his archrival and former Jeypore MLA and Biju Janata Dal (BJD) leader, Rabinarayan Nanda made a similar request to the district administration.
“I would like to request the district administration to take steps to avoid any kind of untoward incident on that day. I would also like to request people to refrain from drinking alcohol and having non-veg foods on that day. The district administration should take necessary steps in this regard,” said Nanda.