Bhubaneswar: It seems Food Supplies and Consumer Welfare minister Sanjay Dasburma’s ouster in connection with his alleged links with Artha Tatwa chief is gaining momentum with each passing day. After senior BJD leaders Bhartruhari Mahatab, Nagendra Pradhan and Damodar Rout, parliamentarian Tathagat Satapathy has spoken against Dasbaruma for his ‘connection’ with the scam-tainted chit fund firm.
Satapathy, known in the media circle for his sarcastic remarks made a veiled attack on Dasburma on the sidelines of attending a function here on Friday.
“There are a lot of rats in the godowns of Food Corporation of India (FCI) across the country. These rats secretly eat rice, sugar and wheat in the godowns. But should we remove the stacks to save the food grains or check the entry of rats?” asked Satapathy.
“The wise man will pick the rat and put it outside the godown very cleverly. And you don’t need to kill the rat as it will automatically die,” the parliamentarian said making a hint at the minister who has invited criticism from within the party for his alleged favour from the chit fund company.
Satapathy’s remarks followed a day after BJD’s Sambalpur MP Nagendra Pradhan maintained that the minister should respect public opinion.
Pradhan said those who are in positions of power should respect public opinion for the good of society. Citing the example of Lord Ram, Pradhan had said he had to banish Sita despite knowing that she was pure.
“Though Dasburma claims innocence, the chief minister will take a call on the issue,” the MP said.
Meanwhile, in a damage control exercise on Friday’s development, party spokesperson Amar Satapathy said all the opinions of the leaders are personal.
“Everybody is free to give his/her personal opinion on any subject and the party has nothing to do with it,” he said.