Opposition spews venom on BJD over Dama Rout dismissal

Bhubaneswar: Dama Rout’s dismissal from party has landed BJD in the firing line of opposition parties, which continue to launch scathing attacks on the ruling party and its leader and CM Naveen Patnaik.

Braja Tripathy of Samata Kranti Dal said “The allegations of corruption made by Dama Rout should be probed. The party will cease to exist if it suppresses criticism and then goes on to remove the person who made these allegations.”

Criticizing Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, Tripathy said “He is fortunate to have become the Chief Minister without much knowledge. The BJD is left with no constitution after 2009 and it has now become a private limited company. The state is being ruled by the administration.”

“The state government is knee-deep in corruption and if the BJD has enough courage, it should probe the allegations made by Dama. If people want, change can happen in no time. There is always a possibility of a new political equation,” Braja stated.

Speaking in a similar tone, BJP leader Jayaram Pangi said, “BJD is no more the same party; it has become PJD – Pandian Janata Dal with ‘clean governance’ no more being the party slogan. Naveen Patnaik doesn’t seem to be the party president and 2019 might test BJD’s very existence.”

Chief of Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee, Niranjan Patnaik said, “Dama’s dismissal is BJD’s internal affair. But Chief Minister terming the allegations made by Dama as ridiculous is not acceptable and is rather unfortunate for the state.”

On the other hand, Dama’s arch rival and BJD’s Jagatsinghpur district president, Bishnu Das refuted claims that the former’s dismissal will affect the party.

“Why compare him with Anna Hazare. Dama is no match for Anna. Anna was never involved in corruption. Dama started his career from corruption. His dismissal won’t have any effect on the party, especially in the Jagatsinghpur and Paradip region,” Das said.

Reacting sharply to comments made by Das, Dama Rout questioned, is Bishnu the Vigilance director to question me.

“In 1974, he was just a teenager. How did Bishnu know about corruption in 1974 when I became an MLA only in 1977? It was me who introduced him to politics in 1985 by giving him a ticket. He is not comparable to me both in age and experience.”