Orissa Ministers meet Sathya Sai Baba

KalingaTimes Correspondent
Bhubaneswar , Nov 6: Four Ministers of the Naveen Patnaik Government met Sathya Sai Baba at Puttaparthi in Andhra Pradesh late on Monday afternoon to seek his blessings and request him to set up a hospital in Orissa.

The group that met the Baba and handed over a letter from Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik include Energy Minister Surya Narayan Patro, Finance Minister Prafulla Chandra Ghadai, Steel and Mines Minister Padmanabha Behera and Health and Family Welfare Minister Duryodhan Majhi, all belonging to the Biju Janata Dal.

Patnaik’s letter contained a request to the Sathya Sai to establish a multi-disciplinary hospital in the State. The State government would extend all support to the Baba, including 100 acres of land, for setting up the hospital, Patnaik promised in the letter.

The Baba reportedly blessed the four Ministers and accepted the Chief Minister’s letter with a positive gesture.

Five others Ministers from the State, two from the BJD and three from Bharatiya Janata Party, however, could not join the group of four Ministers during the meeting as they reached Puttaparthi late.

The five included Information and Public Relations Minister Debasis Nayak and Women and Child Development Minister Pramila Mallik, both of the BJD, and Industry Minister Biswabhushan Harichandan, Revenue Minister Manmohan Samal and Higher Education Minister Samir Dey, all from the BJP.

These five Ministers tried their luck to meet the Sathya Sai on Tuesday morning, but could not succeed in getting an audience as the Baba did not turn up at the gathering. They were likely to meet the Baba late in the afternoon.

Two senior legislators of the BJD – Damodar Rout and Kalpataru Das – have also reached Puttaparthi. They were likely to seek the blessings of the Baba along with the five Ministers.

The visit of the nine Ministers and two legislators to Puttaparthi at one time has raised many eyebrows in the political circles in the State.


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