Naveen in middle of a ‘Chakravyuha’: Party leader Dama Rout

Bhubaneswar: Known for his witty and satirical remarks, senior BJD leader Damodar Rout once again stirred the hornet’s nest today by claiming that Odisha Chief Minister and his party president, Naveen Patnaik is in the midst of a ‘Chakravyuha’ (labyrinth).

The seasoned politician went on record to state that Naveen will have to repent for the sins being committed by the coterie or the conspirators who are now calling the shots in the party.

Recalling the May 29 coup and without naming the leaders, Rout stated the Chief Minister is in the middle of a trap laid by some leaders and officers. He alleged that the weekly intelligence report is not being provided to the CM which used to happen in the past.

“Due to such wrongdoings of the conspirators, chief minister is being defamed. Late Pyari Mohan Mohapatra used to revise the special branch’s report and submit to CM. But now things have become much worse,” said Rout.

The former minister also alleged that people (leaders) who were seen wielding swords during Biju Babu’s public meetings are now party spokespersons.

In an article, titled ‘Abhubhav Ru Anubhuti’, Rout has also trained guns at an party MLA as well as the administration by raking up the issue of illegal mining at Dankari Hills in Jajpur. He alleged that despite directions from chief secretary for closure of the mine, no action has been taken against the defaulters.

“Are there no collectors or tehsildars? They have turned a blind eye as it’s only a means to make money. Without the involvement of MLAs, the (administrative) officials would not have dared to remain silent,” Rout added.

Though local legislator Pranab Balbantaray refused to comment on the issue, Dharmasala tehsildar Pravas Beura stated that “Raids are on and so far we have collected a fine of Rs 16 lakh. We have requested for additional force and subsequently steps will be taken.”

When asked about Damodar Rout’s statements that Chief Minister is being kept in dark by some people, BJD spokesperson Pratap Deb stated that such things should have been discussed in party forum instead of media.