Cabinet reshuffle rears resentment in BJD

Bhubaneswar: If the clamour that swamped BJD egging for reshuffle was deafening, then the whirs of resentment that soon emanated from within might just be starting to ring annoyingly within the party’s ears.

After being ignored for a ministerial berth some of the well known MLAs have openly expressed their disappointment. In the biggest ever reshuffle in the history of the ruling BJD, there has been a conspicuous oversight of regional balance. No leaders from the four big districts of western Odisha Kalahandi, Bolangir, Sambalpur and Sundergarh have been inducted into the ministry.

Similarly, Jajpur, Kendrapara, Nayagarh, Angul, Kandhamal Rayagada, Malkangiri, Gajapati and Mayurbhanj districts have no representation in the ministry.

Supporters of Raseswari Panigrahi took out protests yesterday after the Sambalpur MLA was ignored by Naveen for a post in the ministry. Today she said that people are disappointed because she was not given a berth in the ministry.

“Having a minister ensures proper delivery mechanism and expedites development work. The people of Sambalpur are definitely disappointed for not getting a representative from their region,” said Raseswari.

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Similarly, Junagarh MLA, Dibyasankar Mishra said that lack of ministers in cabinet from Kalahandi will have an adverse impact on the development prospects of the district.

“I think Kalahandi needs representation because it is one of the most backward regions of the State. The whole of western Odisha needs more representation which will help us eradicate the regional imbalance,” said Dibyashankar.

Later in the evening, MLA from Bari in Jajpur district said, “7 legislators from the district have been winning for the past 18 years. The current reshuffle should have at least accommodated one leader from the district. The reshuffle has not been done in a proper manner.”

On the other hand, party spokesperson Pratap Deb said that those who feel disappointed might be given other responsibilities by the party supremo and CM Naveen Patnaik.