Puri Priests Blocked President Ram Nath Kovind’s Way, Shoved First Lady

| June 28 , 2018 , 15:53 IST

In a shocking incident that has come to light, President Ram Nath Kovind and First Lady Savita Kovind were reportedly harassed during their first-ever trip to Jagannath Puri Temple in Odisha. As per a Times of India report, the incident took place on 18 March this year when a group of servitors had blocked the President’s path near the sanctum sanctorum of the shrine and shoved the First Lady.

The next day, Rashtrapati Bhawan sent out a letter of protest to the Puri district administration that led to the launch of a probe into the matter. As per local media reports, three servitors have been served show cause notices.

The incident was revealed when the minutes of the meeting of Shree Jagannath Temple Administration came to light. The meeting was held after the note of protest from the Rashtrapati Bhawan.

Reacting to the news, Gujarat legislator Jignesh Mewani tweeted, “What else can we expect when the BJP promotes Manusmriti instead of the Constitution. When the President of India is treated this way, how can any Dalit be safe in this country? I stand with Kovind against the casteist priests. But will the BJP?”

Former Ambassador KC Singh tweeted, “Shocking casteism by Puri priests. President of India is our 1st citizen, custodian of Constitution & above caste and communal categorisation. The board of temple & state Gov need to punish the offenders.”