Pradeep Pattanayak

Biju Janata Dal (BJD) MP, Bhartruhari Mahtab, who has been launching thinly veiled attacks against his party time and again, recently delivered the party the most unkindest cut of all in an article titled ‘Rajanitira Bata Hudijaichhu Ki Ame?’ (Have we lost our path in politics?) in an Odia daily he edits. 

In his article, he has indirectly censured the current state of affairs in Odisha, saying the elected representatives and cabinet-level ruling system have become defunct. In states like Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Delhi and West Bengal, the Chief Minister’s Office (CMO) is the centre of all decisions. Even the ministers in the cabinet are ministers without power, he mentioned. 

Referring to the Aam Admi Party (AAP), he said such parties are ready to go to any extent to win elections. Without mentioning his party, the BJD, he said, the same is applicable to some regional parties as well. 

Is the founding president getting time to go through the party’s constitution? Is there anyone in the party to analyze why the party was formed and what is its present state? he asked adding, whoever reminds him of this is being considered as anti-party. 

Earlier in an editorial piece in an Odia daily, the Parliamentarian had castigated the BJD-led government over police highhandedness during the BJP Yuva Morcha Protest in Bhubaneswar.
In this regard, BJP MLA, Nauri Nayak said, “There was a time when Biju Patnaik was surrounded by ministers. Now, a secretary is surrounded by the ministers. This suggests the sea change taking place in the Biju Janata Dal (BJD). Now officers are ruling the state.”

Going to defend his party, BJD leader Debi Prasad Mishra said, “The Biju Janata Dal is formed on the basis of Biju Patnaik’s ideology. After the demise of the legendary leader, Naveen Babu formed this party. It has been fulfilling the wishes of people. The party’s objective is to develop the state despite hurdles and we have not deviated from our objective by even an inch.”