Appropriate decision at the right time: Naveen

Bhubaneswar: In a show of strength on his return from a cut-short visit to London following speculation about a revolt in ruling BJD, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Thursday night held a meeting with party leaders and said an appropriate decision would be taken at the right time on alleged dissidence.

"I will be meeting our MLAs, MPs and consult senior leaders today morning to discuss various matters. The Right decision will be taken at the right time (on events that occurred in his absence)," Patnaik told reporters following a meeting with party leaders after he cut short his London visit by a day.

"I came back one day earlier to our state because I understand from sources about a couple of days ago that some events had taken place here," the BJD supremo said apparently referring to a meeting of some 33 MLAs held at the house of party MP Pyari Mohan Mohapatra on Tuesday night. The meeting, held in the absence of Patnaik, had triggered speculation about cracks and a possible revolt in the ruling BJD though Mohapatra on Wednesday ruled out any threat to Naveen government from him.

On whether disciplinary action would be taken with regard to the meeting at Mohapatra`s house, Patnaik said "the right decision will be taken at right time." Patnaik, who returned here to a rousing welcome by partymen, said "I really appreciate that our party MLAs, ministers for being with me here … and certainly I am very emotionally touched and moved by the fantastic reception I have received from my brothers and sisters."

While around 95 of the 104 BJD MLAs were present at Naveen Niwas to express their support for the chief minister, five members including three ministers – Sharada Nayak, Anjali Behera and Sanjeev Sahoo – were conspicuous by their absence. They were present at the meeting held in Mohapatra`s house.