SC notice to Naveen on Pyari expulsion

Bhubaneswar: The Supreme Court on Wednesday issued notice to the Biju Janata Dal (BJD) president Naveen Patnaik on Rajya Sabha MP Pyari Mohan Mohapatra’s expulsion from the party. The notice followed Mohapatra’s November 10 writ petition in SC seeking direction to the BJD to send the expulsion order to Rajya Sabha and him.

“The apex court accepted petition today prima facie and issued a notice to BJD president,” said Mohapatra.  
Days before Pyari knocked SC doors, in a press meet had alleged that by not sending the expulsion order, the party had made his position unclear in Rajya Sabha. “Naveen Patnaik has so far not intimated the Rajya Sabha in writing about my expulsion from BJD, thereby showing that I’m very much in the party, but in effect, restricting my functionalities as an MP,” informed Mohapatra.

Meanwhile, the bureaucrat-turned-politician has hinted to form a political party within three months after his Odisha Jana Morcha (OJM), according to political observers failed to cut much ice among the people.

Earlier the dissident MP was suspended from the party and the decision was taken unanimously by members of BJD at a state executive body meeting on November 16. BJD general secretary Jagneswar Babu, the present OJM spokesperson also faced the music for anti-party activities.

On June 1, BJD supremo Naveen Patnaik had expelled Mohapatra from BJD’s primary membership after the latter’s coup bid on May 29 failed to topple Naveen Patnaik and provide an alternative government in the state.