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1984 Anti-Sikh Pogrom Tytler's Temple Visit Raised In Orissa Assembly For Second Day

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Tytler''s temple visit raised in Orissa Assembly for second day
PTI | 08:03 PM,Mar 29,2011

Bhubaneswar, Mar 29 (PTI) Noisy scenes were witnessed in the Orissa Assembly for the second day today over Congress leader Jagdish Tytler's recent visit to Sri Jagannath Temple in Puri. Raising the issue during Zero Hour, Leader of Opposition Bhupinder Singh (Cong) said, "If Naveen Patnaik claims that every bone of his is secular he should stop using religion for politics." A section of BJD MLAs, mostly from Puri district, had yesterday said Tytler's visit to the 12th century shrine on March 16 had hurt the religious sentiments of the local people and the priests as he was a "non-Hindu". As verbal duels went on in the Assembly over it, Singh questioned the basis of the BJD MLAs claim that Tytler was a "non-Hindu" and said it was "baseless". Replying to his charges, BJD MLA Pravat Tripathy said none should have any doubt that BJD was a secular political party and alleged that Tytler had violated the age-old tradition of the temple. "Tytler is a main accused in the 1984 Sikh riot.Therefore, he could not be a Sikh as claimed by Congressmen here," Tripathy said. BJD youth wing president and MLA Sanjay Dasburma said that Tytler had converted to Christianity. "I got the information by web searching," he claimed. "Tytler had taken leadership to eliminate Sikhs in the 1984 riot. Therefore, we do not accept him as a Sikh or a Hindu," BJP MLA Jaynarayan Mishra said, blaming the state government for the killing of VHP leader Laxamananda Saraswati in Kandhamal in 2008. Meanwhile, Tytler, who arrived here during the day on his second tour to the state since taking charge of Orissa a fortnight ago, said that he was a Hindu. "It is foolish to raise questions on my religion. I have visited Jagannath temple four times earlier and no one had objected to it," Tytler said at the airport here. Terming claims that he was a "non Hindu" as "silly and foolish", Tytler said, "It is a clear sign that the ruling BJD is disturbed over charges of corruption levelled by me against the state government." PTI AAM SKN KK

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Tytler''s Jagannath Temple visit opposed by BJD MLAs
PTI | 06:03 PM,Mar 28,2011

Stating that Tytler was born to Sikh parents and changed his surname after being influenced by his teacher J D Tytler, Harichandan said that Guru Nanak, Poet Kabir, Guru Govind Singh were welcomed at Sri Jagannath temple. Raising doubts over secular credentials of BJD, Harichandan told reporters outside the Assembly that the ruling party had been exposed during Kandhamal riots in 2008. Leader of Opposition Bhupinder Singh of Congress expressed wonder as to how the ruling BJD members came to know about Tytler's religion. "What evidence you (BJD MLAs) have that Tytler is a non-Hindu. He had sent his programmes to the state government before visiting the Puri temple," Singh said. BJP member Jaynarayan Mishra, though did not oppose Tytler's visit to the temple, claimed that they were not ready to accept Tytler as a Sikh for his alleged role in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots. "He (Tytler) should be banned from visiting Orissa," the BJP member told reporters outside the Assembly.

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