Ex-minister Dama Rout hits back at anti-party allegations

Bhubaneswar: While landing blow after blow on Naveen Patnaik-led BJD government, senior leader of the party and ex-minister Damodar Rout today hit back at anti-party allegations brought against him by Jagatsinghpur District president of the party Bishnu Dash and Balikuda- Erasama MLA Prashanta Muduli. Both Dash and Muduli met party president CM Naveen Patnaik and urged for disciplinary action and suspension of Rout.

Rout alleged that Dash is an anti-social and he doesn’t even possess the basic eligibility to be in politics. “I was removed as party’s vice-president and also from the ministry… what more action can be taken. Just because Bishnu Das said so, will Naveen Patnaik remove me from the party? Doesn’t Naveen Babu know what Bishnu Das is? Prashant Muduli is mentally unstable,” said Rout adding that he will suffer no loss if the party takes action against him.

Earlier in the day today, Rout hinted at irregularities in Jajpur-based Ramco Cements’ and said that the cement company, despite running illegally is being shielded by the State government for its Tamil links.

Taking a jibe at the ‘godfather;’ Rout said that Odisha is like a colony of Tamil Nadu and the way Britishers used to rule the country from their headquarters at Buckingham Palace, Odisha is being ruled similarly.

Rout also alleged massive dereliction of duty by doctors and helplessness of the State ministers due to bureaucratic monopoly in the State.

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“Do Odia IAS offices have no respect? Before whom are they bowing their heads? Everyone knows who the godfather is,” Rout said, adding that the bureaucrats are not listening to ministers.

“Political career of the people who are currently roaming around the CM, began with corruption and the sword of CBI is hanging on their heads,” he said.

Earlier Rout had alleged sapling scam worth Rs 100 crore, irregularities in Omfed to the tune of Rs 30 crore and Cooperative Bank loan scam of Rs 800 crore.