Vested interests within BJD creating rift: Baijayant Panda

Bhubaneswar: After Tuesday’s article which created flutter in political circles, BJD’s Kendrapara MP Baijayant Panda on Wednesday took to social networking site twitter again and slammed the “vested interests in the party,” for ‘trying’ to create a rift in the regional party. He too urged the party president for urgent steps to check such attempts.

“Vested interests trying to distort, but I want NP (CM Naveen Patnaik) to recognise current challenges, take urgent steps & rediscover BJD’s original strengths,” Panda tweeted.

The post drew sharp reaction from the party insiders with most of them criticising such comments in public or media. BJD vice president and Excise minister Damodar Rout said, “He (Panda) should not give statements about the party in public rather meet the Chief Minister directly to discuss whatever he wants to. He is an experienced and four-time MP. His views should not be treated casually. His comments/statements could be for the benefit of the party.”

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Rout, however, strongly denied any challenges that the party is going to face as observed by the MP. “I don’t visualise any such challenges before the party what he is apprehending. What is article says is he was a member of the core committee during formation of the party. If it is true, he must know everything. I do not know that as I was not in the core committee,” the minister added.

Party spokespersons Sameer Dash, Amar Satpathy passed on the issue to BJD president and CM Naveen Patnaik. “The entire episode of what is happening in public has drawn CM’s attention. He will take appropriate decision at the right time,” Amar Satpathy said.

Party MLA Debasis Nayak, however, tried to cement the crack between two parliamentarians who were into a spar on social media. “Both Tathagat and Baijayant are two senior MPs of the party. We are like a family. If they have any personal issues with anybody, they should take the matter to the notice of party chief.  But discussing in public or media is not a fair move. BJD is united and a strong party,” he pointed out.

On the other hand, Cuttack (Barabati) legislator Debasis Samantray criticized the twitter war between the MPs. “MPs have little knowledge about grassroots-level happenings. But, MLAs work hard at this level. The current indiscipline arising out of their comments on social media would not affect the party in any way. Party supremo is all aware about it,” Samantray said.

Meanwhile later in the day, Panda again clarified that he didn’t mention about any internal conflict of the party in his twitter message.

“I never mentioned about internal conflict in BJD, but said party should introspect,” Panda stated.

Rajya Sabha MP Narendra Swain too echoed Panda what the latter spoke about ‘introspection’ in his article in a vernacular daily yesterday. He too alleged that the party is not functioning the way it should.

“Neither the general secretaries nor the secretaries are functioning effectively. I doubt whether the meeting which should be convened at least bimonthly, is taking place or not,” Swain told OTV.