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Damodar Rout hints at revolt in BJD after Jay Panda’s sacking

Damodar Rout hints at revolt in BJD after Jay Panda’s sacking

Veteran BJD leader and expelled minister Damodar Rout today sounded a note of caution on the revolt brewing in the BJD ranks.

The Paradip strongman known to speak his mind and shoot from the lips, hinted at a possible rebellion bursting out in the fuure.

To mediapersons query, Rout said, “The rebellion by Buxi Jagabandhu did not start in a day. You have to wait to see when it breaks out”.

Rout said a missile could explode but the ammunition wasn’t ready yet. “People should have the patience to see the explosion happening”, said he.

Though he has been sacked from chief minister Naveen Patnaik’s council and also removed as the party vice president, Rout has not walked back into the shadows. Considered to be one of the very few leaders in the BJD with still the legacy of late Biju Patnaik, Rout has been in the limelight for his no holds barred jibes.

His comments are a day after the BJD top brass expelled the rebel MP from Kendrapara Baijayant Panda from primary membership for his anti-party activities. BJD in its order, held Panda guilty of sidelining the party’s interest and instead, eulogising the Opposition. The ruling party alleged Panda used almost every space- Parliament or the media to vent his outpourings against the BJD’s functioning. Panda was also accused of conflict of interest by drawing salary and perks in his capacity as the vice chairman of Indian Metals & Ferro Alloys Ltd (IMFA).

But, Panda has stoutly denied all allegations. He still reiterated that a coterie led by a non-Odia IAS officer was plotting against him.

The besieged MP found a groundswell of support from his Twitter followers. Many decried the BJD’s move to dismiss Panda as unilateral and untimely. Others termed the expulsion ‘injustice’ done without proper enquiry by the BJD boss.

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