Sharmili Mallick

Paradip: Former minister and senior leader Damodar Rout who is known as a loudmouth politician continued his tirade against the BJD government and leaders.

This time, Rout hit out at State Health Minister Pratap Jena during a ‘Swabhiman Sabha’ programme at Jaldharpur under Kujang in Paradip and said that he doubts Jena will be re-elected to the Odisha Assembly in the upcoming 2019 general elections

Terming the ruling party as a dampener for the people of Odisha, he lashed out at Jena saying, “He has been thrashed by the people of his constituency (Mahanga) and also had to go to police station. Therefore, he is not visiting there and coming to my constituency.”

“I doubt whether he gets re-elected to the Assembly during the ensuing polls. Therefore, he should look into that before advising me,” added Dama.

On the other hand, Jena and Cuttack Barabati MLA Debasish Samantaray jointly targeted Rout during the party’s 'Jana Sampark Padyatra' at Rahama in Jagatsinghpur district.

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“I have heard many people saying that when he (Dama) was in the party, they were being exploited. But after his exit, they are happy,” said Jena.

“I contested election from Cuttack as per the direction of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and now if he asks me to contest polls from Paradip, I will definitely abide by that,” stated Samantaray.

Earlier Samantaray had expressed his interest to fight the upcoming polls from Paradip Assembly constituency.