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Senior BJP leader Damodar Rout quits party

Bhubaneswar: Alleging that he was being ignored by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), senior leader Damodar Rout today resigned from the primary membership of the saffron party. In his resignation letter sent to BJP state president Basant Panda, Rout rued that his presence is no longer required in the party meeting and decision making. “It […]

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Odisha Politicians Hurl Ram-Ravan Jibe At Each Other

Bhubaneswar: A day ahead of the Ravan Podi Utsav, Senior Congress MLA Sura Routray today came up with the star cast of his version of Ramayana and said that every political party is Odisha has Ravans, the ‘demon’ king of Lanka. While Congress Chief Niranjan Patnaik happens to be the Lord Ram in Routray’s Ramayana, […]

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No More Interested In Poll Politics But Will Be With Public: Dama Rout

Bhubaneswar: Shortly after the State unit of BJP released the list of star campaigners for upcoming Bijepur bypoll, Senior BJP leader Damodar Rout today hinted at not contesting direct elections in future and said that he is no more interested in election politics. Interestingly, Rout who was among the star campaigners for the BJP in […]

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Dama Rout’s daughter Pritinanda pulls out of poll fray

Bhubaneswar:  With just a few days to go for the elections, senior BJP leader Damodar Rout’s daughter Pritinanda Routray has withdrawn her nomination and announced that she will no more contest the 2019 polls. According to sources, Pritinanda, who had filed nomination as an independent candidate from Bhubaneswar-North Assembly constituency, took the decision following delay […]

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Odisha will be relieved of corruption & ill-governance under the BJP: Dama Rout

Bhubaneswar: A day after joining BJP, senior leader Damodar Rout today expressed confidence that under the BJP government, people of Odisha will be relieved of corruption and ill-governance which has been prevalent under the present Naveen-led government. “While the people of the State are struggling with myriad issues from farmer suicides, corruption, and insecurity of […]

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Will take decision on joining party very soon: Dama Rout

Bhubaneswar: Senior leader Damodar Rout said that he will soon take a decision regarding joining either the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) or the Congress. Speaking to OTV today, the senior leader said “I will surely join a party but will take a final call in a day or two on whether it will be BJP […]

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Dama Rout’s Delhi visit fuels rumours of joining BJP

Bhubaneswar: Senior leader Damodar Rout is currently in Delhi and if rumours are to go by, the former minister is likely to join the BJP in a day or two. Although no confirmation has been received from the concerned sources, speculations are rife, fuelling discussions on the impact of such a move by Dama Rout. […]

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Elections 2019: Can the old guards take BJD by its horns in Odisha?

Bhubaneswar: Amid the clash between the BJD, BJP and the Congress in Odisha, it seems the ruling government might also have to deal with a Fourth Front in the upcoming general elections. While the political pundits have been repeatedly speaking of the Congress decreasing in power and BJP having a secret alliance with the BJD, […]

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Dama Rout urges Bijoy Mohapatra, Dilip Ray to join his party

Paradip: Senior leader Damodar Rout has urged Bijoy Mohapatra & Dilip Ray, who recently resigned from BJP, to join his new party ‘Biju Samatakranti Dal.’ Rout urged the ex-BJP members to join the party so that they can together fight corruption, misrule, dynasty politics in the State and bring development. The veteran leader also said […]

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Debasish Samantaray & Dama Rout Eye Paradip As Campaign 2019 Gains Steam

Paradip: BJD’s Cuttack Barabati MLA Debasish Samantaray, who, days before, had made it clear that he is determined to oust senior MLA Damodar Rout from Paradip, once again opened up on his interest to fight from Paradip Assembly constituency in the upcoming general elections. During BJD’s Jana Sampark Padyatra Samabesh in Biswali village under Kujang […]

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Race for Paradip: Dama Rout fires salvo at BJD leaders

Bhubaneswar: A day after BJD’s Cuttack Barabati MLA Debasish Samantaray said that he had to forego his interest for fighting from Paradip constituency because of Damodar Rout, the latter today took a dig at the MLA saying that Paradip is not an idle patch of land that anyone can come and start cultivating. Rout said, […]

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Dama Rout targets Odisha govt, Nimapara MLA over corruption

Puri: Continuing the crusade against corruption, senior leader Damodar Rout once again launched scathing attacks on the State government and the Nimapara BJD MLA during an anti-corruption programme organised in the constituency on Sunday. Rout raised allegations of corruption against the local MLA and claimed that the legislator has been involved in a large number […]

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Blueprint preparation for Biju Samatakranti Dal underway: Dama Rout

Bhubaneswar: A day after proposing a name for his new regional party named after former Chief Minister late Biju Patnaik, senior leader Damodar Rout today clarified that discussion on the finalisation of the party’s name is still under process. The former agriculture minister yesterday proposed to form a party named as Biju Samatakranti Dal. As […]

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Dama Rout fires salvo at Minister Surya Patro over Cyclone Titli remarks

Bhubaneswar: Former Minister Dama Rout today trained guns at Minister Surya Narayan Patro and criticized him for his remarks over Cyclone Titli death toll. “Patro said that there was zero causality during Titli for state government’s preparedness and if some damages have taken place that must have been in America. Such comments reflect that he […]

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Dama fires salvo at MP, Minister for police bandobast

Jagatsinghpur: Training his guns at Parliamentarian Kulamani Samal and Odisha Women and Child Development (W&CD) Minister Prafulla Samal, expelled BJD leader Damodar Rout on Saturday questioned the reason behind the deployment of police personnel during a ration card distribution programme at Kujang in the district. “The Minister had come to distribute ration cards to the […]

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Dama Rout leading anti-corruption crusade against ruling-BJD

Bhubaneswar/Khurda: Senior leader Damodar Rout, who was expelled from the BJD recently, seems to be leading an anti-corruption crusade against his former party. After Mahanga, Nimapara and Cuttack, Rout sharpened his attack on the Odisha government at a Janjagran Mahamenta Samavesh in Khurda. Flanked by parties like Congress, CPI and CPM, Dama once again spewed […]

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Ex-minister Prafulla Ghadei distances himself from Dama Rout

Bhubaneswar: A day after expelled BJD leader Damodar Rout announced plans to float a new party and said that former BJD leader Prafulla Ghadei agreed to his proposal but changed his mind afterwards; Ghadei today rubbished the claims and said Rout is making such frivolous statements to create confusion in the minds of people. “I […]

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Dama Rout to float new party; BJD denies impact

Bhubaneswar: Expelled BJD leader Damodar Rout on Wednesday announced to float a new party by the end of this month stating that it will be named after former Chief Minister late Biju Patnaik. Ever since the BJD expelled the senior leader for his alleged anti-party activities, he has been the centre stage of Odisha politics. […]

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BJD’s 'Mahila Samavesh' in Paradip on Sept 30; Dama Rout sees red

Paradip: The BJD is all set to organise a Mahila Samavesh of the party’s women wing at Kujang in Paradip Assembly constituency on September 30, for the first time after the ouster of senior leader Damodar Rout from the party. According to sources, several ministers, senior party leaders, Biju Mahila Janata Dal (BMJD) leader Pramila […]

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Dama Rout vows to checkmate CM Naveen, BJD

Bhubaneswar: After levelling a string of allegations against various departments of the State government a few days ago, senior leader Damodar Rout on Monday threw a ‘checkmate challenge’ at Odisha Chief Minister and BJD president Naveen Patnaik. Training his guns at Patnaik, Rout said that he will not allow any Biju Janata Dal (BJD) candidate […]

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Dama Rout spews venom on arch-rival Bishnu Das

Bhubaneswar: A few days after his expulsion from BJD, senior leader and former minister Damodar Rout today came down heavily on BJD Jagatsinghpur district president Bishnu Das and termed him as a ‘corrupt’, ‘hated’ and ‘characterless’ person. Bishnu Das is such a corrupt and characterless person and he never hesitates to take bribe from people […]

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Senior BJD leader Dama Rout lambasts political colleagues

Bhubaneswar: As the dissent against senior party leader and ex-minister Damodar Rout continues to grow among BJD leaders for his alleged involvement in anti-party activities, Rout today once again lashed out at his political colleagues and brought in allegation of bias against him. Balikuda-Erasama BJD MLA Prashant Kumar Muduli and Jagatsinghpur district president Bishnu Charan […]

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Dama Rout slams Dharmendra for comparing 'Chhera Panhara' with Swachh Bharat

Bhubaneswar: Senior BJD leader Damodar Rout on Tuesday criticised Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan for comparing the’Chhera Panhara’ rituals performed during Rath Yatra with ‘Swachh Bharat’ programme and said that Pradhan’s remark is a reflection of his inflated ego. Chhera Panhara is a ritual where flowers are thrown on the floors of the three chariots and […]

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Dama Rout hints at nexus between senior BJD leader & D-brothers

Cuttack: Known for his off-the-cuff remarks, BJD leader Damodar Rout once again on Saturday courted controversy by pointing finger at a senior BJD leader of Cuttack for links with arrested Dhala Samanta brothers. Answering to media queries on enforcement directorate (ED)’s summon to son of BJD’s heavyweight late Kalpataru Das and Dharmasala MLA Pranab Kumar […]

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How Dama Rout lamented bureaucratic disobedience before getting sacked

Bhubaneswar: Bureaucrats are not carrying out the instructions of the State government and the orders of ministers are buried under red tape – these were the serious allegations that were brought by Damodar Rout two weeks before he was sacked as Agriculture minister. OTV has obtained documents which reveal that in a note sheet which […]

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CM Naveen rules out Cabinet reshuffle

Bhubaneswar: Putting an end to speculation, Odisha Chief Minister and BJD supremo Naveen Patnaik today said that the party has no plans of reshuffle in the immediate future. “There is no plan for a reshuffle yet,” the Chief Minister clarified while speaking to the media on Saturday. Speculation about a possible reshuffle was rife after […]

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Police complaint lodged against Dama Rout for 'beggar' remark

Puri: Protests against Agriculture Minister Damodar Rout’s ‘beggar’ remarks on Brahmins have taken a bigger  proportion with a group of Brahmins lodging a police complaint against him here on Thursday. The activists submitted a written complaint to the Town police here alleging that the Minister is trying to mislead people by giving such derogatory remarks. […]

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Dama Rout draws flak for 'beggar' remarks

Bhubaneswar: Minister Damodar Rout, who is known for his off-the-cuff remarks, has once again landed in controversy for his ‘beggar’ remarks on Brahmins.   Protesting his remarks, a group of Brahmins staged a protest against Minister Rout in Puri today demanding his suspension. The activists under the banner of Odisha Vedic Brahmana Parisad and Mukti Mandap […]

Activists vent ire on Dama Rout, barge into his house

Bhubaneswar: After protests against the recent farmers’ deaths and crop loss failed to move Agriculture Minister Damodar Rout, activists of Nav Nirman Yuba Chhatra Sangathan today stormed into the residence of the Minister demanding his arrest during a demonstration in the city over farmers’ issues. Though police officials had been deployed outside Rout’s residence, they […]

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Excise dept kept in dark about denotification of State Highways: Dama Rout

Bhubaneswar: To circumvent Supreme Court’s liquor shop ban along national and state highways, the Odisha government’s recent announcement to denotify state highways as urban roads, hit the first hurdle after State Excise minister Damodar Rout on Tuesday alleged that his department was not consulted before taking such a decision. The minister stated though the decision […]

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