Vikash Sharma

Ahead of the crucial general elections 2024, the ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD) seems to be facing numerous issues, from exodus to infighting. The latest episode in the ongoing rift has been reported from Paradip where MLA Sambit Routray seems to be facing a threat from his own party leaders.

A meeting against him was organised recently and the local leaders vehemently opposed the MLA by expressing resentment over his activities.

"We have voted for the MLA for development. But he has not done anything for the development of the region. The MLA has neglected old party workers. The party Observer has asked all to maintain discipline," said BJD leader, Dipak Swain.

It is pertinent to mention here that a program under MLA Routray was organised in the Kujang area on February 27. Former minister and Routray's father Damodar Rout was also seen attending the event. During the meeting, BJD's Paradip Observer Santosh Bez categorically stated that stern action would be taken against any kind of indiscipline in the party.

"We will take action and suspend the leaders who will create indiscipline," said Santosh.

Two days later, a close-door meeting was organised by former sarpanch and some leaders at Kujang. It is being said that in the name of according welcome to BJD Rajya Sabha member Debasish Samantaray, discussions were held against MLA Sambit Routray.

Moreover, some BJD leaders have categorically threatened that there will be opposition if the ticket is given to the MLA.
Meanwhile, Routray has refuted any kind of resentment in BJD in Paradip.

"Everybody was contacted before the meeting and they are not participating in party affairs owing to business engagement. I have never neglected anyone," said Routray.

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