Charges pour in against Rout

Complaints have been pouring in against BJD leader Damodar Rout for making comments on the actions of the Odisha government and airing views against his own party colleagues.

By Our Correspondent
  • Published 12.09.18
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Bhubaneswar: Complaints have been pouring in against BJD leader Damodar Rout for making comments on the actions of the Odisha government and airing views against his own party colleagues.

His tirade against the Odisha government for the past one week has put it on the back foot.

Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik, for the first time, opened his mouth on the issue and said: "A number of people have come with complaints about Rout. I'll look into their complaints."

Naveen reacted after hundreds of BJD workers from Balikuda and Ersama met him, demanding ouster of Rout from the party over his alleged involvement in the anti-party activities.

They also submitted a petition against the chief minister, stating that Rout was constantly creating factionalism and dissension among the party cadres in Jagatsinghpur district.

He has been consciously working towards dividing the party and conniving to weaken its organisational base and demoralise the cadres. They also alleged that Rout was consciously trying to create a poor impression on the party leadership to weaken it ahead of the elections.

Following Naveen's comments, political observers feel that countdown has begun for Rout's ouster with the party leaders starting to distance itself from him.

BJD observers for Jagatsinghpur district Prafulla Samal on Tuesday made it clear that Rout was indulging in anti-party activities.

"Being a senior leader, Rout should not have done it," said Samal.

On Monday, a delegation, led by Jagatsinghpur district president Bishnu Charan Das and Balikuda-Ersama MLA Prashant Muduli, met Naveen and accused Rout of indulging in anti-party activities. They had alleged that because of Rout's anti-party activities, the party was going to suffer in the coming days.

As expected, Rout on Tuesday received support of the BJP and the Congress. Even former MP of Kendrapara and expelled BJD leader Baijyant Panda came out in his support.

The veteran leader's supporters reacted in Paradip by burning effigies of Muduli and Das.

Aware that the party might take action against him any time, Rout said: " Earlier, I was stripped of my ministry and then of the post of the vice-president of the party. If the party throws me out of the party, I have nothing to say. It's the discretion of the party president."