Bhubaneswar,August 12:The opposition congress has claimed that Godman Sarathi's close links with BJD leaders.Odisha Crime Branch has been making a series of breakthrough in the Sarathi case, the shocking
revelation about the links of the controversial godman with the ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD) has created ripples in political circles.
Aul Congress MLA Debendra Sharma said the former Kendrapara MLA Utkal Keshari Parida had donated Rs 40,000 to Sarathi Samiti at Kharda Sahi in Chandol block in 2004-05.
Besides, BJD MLA of Mahakalpada and Health and Family Welfare minister Atanu Sabyasachi Nayak had also provided Rs 30,000 to Sarathi Community Centre on June 20, 2008.
Apart from this,former BJD minister Pratap Deb had also provided Rs 15 lakh to the Sarathi Ashram in three
phases while Patkura MLA Bed Prakash Agrawal had provided Rs 40,000 to Sarathi Samiti at Chandol in February, 2014.
Patkura MLA and senior BJD leader Bed Prakash Agarwal advanced the same argument to explain away santioning Rs 40, 000 from his MLALAD fund for an approach road to the Sarathi's ashram in Chandol.
While admitting that some BJD leaders may have had links with the controversial Baba, Kendrapra MLA Kishor Tarai sought to drag the Congress and BJP into the picture saying the leaders of these two parties too had close ties with the self-styled godman.