Himansu Shekhar Rout

Factional feuds are reportedly becoming intense in the ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD) in Bhadrak. The fissure came to the fore on Sunday.
Moreover, resentment among the party’s rank and file is brewing against MLA Sanjib Mallik.

As per reports, a group of disgruntled workers and leaders held a meeting at Naripur on Saturday just hours after 5T chairperson VK Pandian's Bhadrak visit. The meeting was held at the residence of former minister Jugal Patnaik. A group of frontline leaders like Asit Patnaik and many other unhappy workers spoke against the legislator.

Party leader and advisor of Madhu Babu Pension Scheme to the state government, Asit Patnaik accused the MLA of having done nothing but only committing corruption.   

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Sources said, the disgruntled leaders warned of going against the party if many local issues were not sorted out ahead of the elections.

Asit Patnaik lashed out at the legislator, saying, “Even though thousands of crores of rupees have been provided by the Chief Minister to our constituency, why so many people are gathering against the MLA. This means people are not siding with the legislator. People have distanced themselves from him because they had never thought that he whom they voted to power would take various development works taken up previously by legendary leaders like Dr Harekrushna Mahatab and Nilamani Routray towards the path of destruction.”

On the other hand, the legislator refused to say anything about the factionalism and the corruption charges being leveled against him.


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