Naveen asks partymen to keep discipline

Bhubaneswar: Unhappy over senior party MLAs airing their views on various issues in public, ruling BJD president and chief minister Naveen Patnaik today asked partymen to maintain discipline.

Patnaik was reacting to reported statement of senior BJD MLA and former minister Debasis Nayak accusing the party president of not performing upto expectations of the people.

Nayak, who was dropped from the ministry during the second tenure between 2004-2009, had said "Patnaik must function democratically."

Nayak`s remark came days after senior BJD MLA Damodar Rout alleged that Patnaik was implementing party MP Pyari Mohan Mohapatra`s agenda instead of taking own decisions.

Terming allegations made by Nayak as "false", Patnaik said he would "look into" the matter.

Patnaik also rejected notions that there was growing dissidence within BJD as Nayak was the second senior leader in the party who went public expressing dissatisfaction over functioning of the government as well as the party.

"I do not see much difference in the party," Patnaik claimed.

Nayak, once close to Patnaik, told an English daily "that something was wrong in the government as corruption had been all pervasive in the administration."

"The series of scams like in MGNREGA, mining, dal and coal which recently surfaced proved it. BJD primarily came to power promising corruption free governance. But, we have strayed far from our promised path," Nayak said.

Nayak was instrumental in exposing dal scam involving supply of sub-standard pulses to poor children and pregnant women. Like Rout, the former Sports minister also pointed accusing finger at Mohapatra, seen as a chief advisor to the chief minister.

"It is no secret that the party and the government are practically controlled by Pyari Mohan Mohapatra. The chief minister considers him as his friend, philosopher and guide.

Mohapatra is his sole advisor. The chief minister is heavily dependent on him (Mohapatra)," Nayak alleged.

Infighting in the ruling party also came to fore recently in Nayagarh district with party MP Rudra Madhav Ray and BJD MLA Kashinath Mallick lodging FIR and counter-FIR against each other at a police station.