Bhubaneswar: Home Minister Amit Shah on Saturday arrived at Shree Jagannath Temple in Puri to offer prayers as a part of the tw0-day visit to the state. Union Ministers Dharmendra Pradhan, Prahlad Singh Patel and Pratap Chandra Sarangi were also present with him. Also Read - 'Let's make India COVID-19-free', PM Modi to BJP Workers on Party's 40th Foundation Day

Apart from them, BJP state in-charge Arun Singh, BJP state president Samir Mohanty, national spokesperson Sambit Patra also offered prayers at the temple. Also Read - 9 PM 9 Minutes: President, Vice President, Ministers Light up Lamps, Vow to Fight Coronavirus Together



According to BJP’s Odisha unit chief Samir Mohanty, Shah will also visit the Lingaraj Temple in Bhubaneswar on Saturday.



As a part of the Odisha visit, Shah addressed a public rally in support of the controversial Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) on Friday in which he accused Mamata Banerjee and other opposition leaders of “lying”.

”BSP (Bahujan Samaj Party), SP (Samajwadi Party), Communist, Congress and Mamata Didi are against the CAA because they say minorities will lose their citizenship. Why are they lying? CAA is a law to give citizenship, it is not meant to take anyone’s citizenship away,”  Shah said.

However, later Shah and Banerjee were seen dining together as Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik invited them to his home after they attended a meeting of the Eastern Zonal Council (EZC), a forum of eastern states, chaired by the Home Minister.

Notably, this was Shah’s first visit to Odisha as Home Minister.