Ouster chorus grows against BJD’s Rout

first_imgGoing by the recent developments in the ruling Biju Janata Dal, it appears that the party’s legislator from Paradip, Damodar Rout, may face the same fate as former Lok Sabha member Baijayant Panda. In the backdrop of Mr. Rout’s diatribe against the State government over the past few weeks, hundreds of party workers from his home district Jagatsinghpur met Chief Minister and BJD president Naveen Patnaik at his residence on Tuesday morning, demanding that the senior leader be expelled for “anti-party activities”.Patnaik’s assuranceThe aggrieved party workers were accompanied by the party’s Jagatsinghpur district president Bishnu Das and Balikuda-Erasama legislator Prashant Muduli. They handed over complaints against Mr. Rout to the Chief Minister following which the latter assured them to look into the matter and take appropriate action.Mr. Das and Mr. Muduli had met Mr. Patnaik on Monday too and submitted separate written complaints alleging that Mr. Rout was working in a pre-planned manner to weaken the BJD in their area.They alleged that Mr. Rout had recently organised a meeting at Erasama where leaders of the Opposition Congress and BJP were invited as speakers. The senior BJD leader has been critical of the Odisha government since Mr. Patnaik sacked him from his Ministry last year in the wake of his derogatory remarks against the Brahmin community.Allegations galoreIn his interactions with the media over the past few weeks, Mr. Rout has been making serious allegations of irregularities in various departments and schemes of the State government, evoking strong criticism from party workers against him.According to political analysts, Mr. Rout has been making statements against the government as he suspects he may not be given the party ticket to contest the Assembly elections next year. If disciplinary action is taken against him for anti-party activities, Mr. Rout may launch a new political outfit along with other leaders who are already out of the party and have no chance of returning before the coming polls.Mr. Rout is the second senior leader from the BJD to have been accused of anti-party activities. Earlier this year, former Kendrapara MP Baijayant Panda had resigned from the BJD after the party suspended him from primary membership over “anti-party” activities.The dissident MP, who remained a Rajya Sabha member of the BJD from 2000 to 2006 and again from 2006 to 2009, had won from the Kendrapara Lok Sabha constituency twice as a BJD nominee — first in 2009 elections and again in 2014.last_img

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