Pradeep Pattanayak

The leaders who have joined the Bharat Rashtra Samithi (BRS) have already availed VRS (Voluntary Retirement Scheme) from politics. So their joining the BRS will have no impact on Odisha. The ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD) leader Munna Khan on Sunday said this. 

As a part of the plan to strike its root in Odisha, the BRS on Sunday convened a meeting under the chairmanship of Giridhar Gamang and Jayaram Pangi. All the leaders from Odisha who recently joined the BRS fold attended the meeting. The BRS is learnt to form a core group for Odisha.

On the other hand, the Biju Janata Dal (BJD) and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) seem to be sitting pretty undisturbed by the BRS’ such activities. 

When asked about the BRS’ possible impact on Odisha, BJD MP Munna Khan said, “The leaders who joined the BRS are VRS leaders. They have already taken retirement from active politics. They are nowhere in politics. People have forgotten them all. So their joining the BRS would have no impact.”

“Giridhar Gamang and Jayaram Pangi are arch rivals. Now they have gone to the BRS. They can’t work together there,” Khan added. 

In this regard, BJP State President Samir Ranjan Mohanty said, “It seems to me that the party (BRS) will be sidelined in the coming general elections.”


(Reported by Jagdish Das from Bhubaneswar, OTV)