Bhubaneswar: Odisha Congress MLA Krishna Chandra Sagaria is expressed his desire to change his religion. The law maker from Koraput, a tribal leader, wanted to embrass Buddhism shunning his Hindu religion.

Sagaria has sought the permission of the district administration for the religious conversion.

The Congress MLA says, “Babasaheb Ambedkar had said that if you want to establish equality in society and acquire erudition, then you should adopt Buddhism. Inspired by his teachings, I along with my family members will embrace Buddhism in the next two days.

Sagaria along with his family members and around 50 villagers have submitted an affidavit before Executive Magistrate, Koraput for conversion to Buddhism from Hinduism.

The Congress law maker had met Swami Agnivesh and reportedly discussed about religion change.

Odisha is incidentally the first state to frame ‘Orissa Freedom of Religion Act, 1967’ to put a check on forceful conversions.