Tiff over ‘Ravana Podi Utsav’ continues as Dama targets BJD

Bhubaneswar: A day after terming CM Naveen Patnaik as captain of ‘Ravanas,’ senior leader and Paradip MLA Damodar Rout today sharpened his attack against the leaders of the ruling party and said he is now busy with plans to dethrone these ‘Ravanas.’

Dama also targeted Balikuda-Erasama MLA Prashant Muduli after a stage erected for ‘Ravana Podi’ at the Anchalika Yuva Parishad ground where the former was scheduled to attend the event, was dismantled.

“For the past nine years the function was being organised, but he was not attending it. Suddenly what happened overnight that he (Muduli) found new love for the function? By bringing politics into the function, he is only harming himself,” Rout said.

“Ravana had 10 bad natures but Naveen has more than that. Naveen should be dethroned,” Dama stated.
Despite denial of permission to hold ‘Ravana Podi Utsav,’ Damodar Rout said he celebrated the function at Paradip yesterday.

Commenting over the issue, BJD spokesperson, Samir Das said “There was a time when people were eagerly waiting for Damodar Rout to speak. Now they are least interested as there is no coherence in his words and action.”

It is pertinent to mention that supporters of Damadoar Rout called for a bandh today in Erasama protesting the dismantling of the stage.

“When the Collector, SP and VK Pandian have already decided to hold ‘Ravana Podi Utsav’ in their own way, we are reacting to it in our way,” said Nirakara Swain, a supporter of Dama in Erasama.

Meanwhile, the administration has made elaborate security arrangements for the ‘Ravana Podi Utsav’ today which will be attended by the Balikuda-Erasama MLA.

Reacting to the whole episode, Muduli said, “I am not getting into who has given permission to whom. I am only a guest at the ‘Ravana Podi Utsav’ in Erasama. A cultural function should not be politicised.”