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Sister of CM Nabin Pattanayak Gita Mehta declined Padmashree ,said before election "misconstrued ".

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New Delhi(New York):28/1:(odiannews): In a rare snub to the government, New York-based author Gita Mehta,the sister of Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik has declined the Padma Shri award announced on the eve of Republic Day, saying the timing of the gesture months before elections may be “misconstrued”. In a statement, Mehta, who was awarded the Padma Shri in the field of literature and education, said the honour may end up embarrassing both her and the government.  “I am deeply honoured that the Government of India should think me worthy of a Padma Shri but with great regret I feel I must decline as there is a general election looming and the timing of the award might be misconstrued, causing embarrassment both to the Government and myself, which I would much regret (sic),” the statement said. Prominent among the books authored by Gita Mehta are Karma Cola, A River Sutra, Snakes and Ladders: Glimpses of Modern India and Eternal Ganesha: From Birth to Rebirth.