‘Cheated’, Nabarangpur MP quits BJD; terms party ‘undemocratic’

Bhubaneswar: In a major political development which may have wide repercussions particularly in Nabarangpur electoral politics in 2019, sitting BJD MP Balabhadra Majhi resigned from the primary membership of BJD on Thursday. Visibly anguished Majhi unhesitatingly not only termed BJD ‘undemocratic’ but felt ‘cheated’ as party sidelined him.

In a four page letter to Party President and Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, Majhi unwaveringly detailed how leaders in the party conspired against him by deliberately keeping him out from important party meetings since past several months. “The party either did not inform me or intentionally intimated at the last moment only to keep me away from such important party meetings in my constituency. The conspirator group has created a wedge between me and the party President,” said Majhi.

Speaking to OTV, though Majhi didn’t directly blame BJD supremo Naveen Patnaik for the murkier happenings within the party, he stated that the party was being run ‘undemocratically’. “The party leadership right from the bottom to the top is to be blamed,’’ Majhi bluntly said.

In his letter, Majhi claimed that he had quit engineering service career in the railways and was lured to join the BJD to contest from Nabarangpur Lok Sabha seat in 2014 despite seven-years of his service still left. “This is where I feel let down as after entrusting the responsibility, I was sidelined and envious people conspired against me,” Majhi alleged.

Speculation is rife that Majhi might have tendered his resignation in the wake of reports that the party was contemplating to replace him with Ramesh Majhi as Nabarangpur MP candidate in the upcoming polls. The MP, however, declined to link his resignation to probable candidature of Ramesh Majhi.

As per the Policy Research Study (PRS), Majhi has a decent record as MP in 16th Lok Sabha. His attendance in LS on an average is 81 per cent and he has participated in 77 debates against the national average of 67.

Majhi asked 206 questions against national average of 293 in Lok Sabha. Moreover, as per GOI portal, Majhi has the record of commissioning the railway track between Rahama and Paradip in just 20 days, which was earlier damaged during the 1999 super cyclone.