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Sarpanch Candidate Among 8 Held For Attacking Former Minister Damodar Rout

A Sarpanch candidate and seven of his supporters in Sailo Panchayat under Kujang Block in Jagatsinghpur district were arrested on Monday for allegedly attacking the vehicle of senior politician and former Odisha Minister Damodar Rout.

  • Monday, 21 February 2022
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Dama Rout attacks Arun Sahoo, alleges his hand in Chhabi Bardhan murder

Nayagarh: Continuing his tirade on the leaders of the ruling BJD, senior leader Damodar Rout today pointed fingers at Nayagarh MLA Arun Sahoo. He linked the name of the legislator to two-three murder cases including Chhabi Bardhan murder in 2006. The body of Bardhan was found from Sahoo’s residence in the Unit-6 area of the […]

  • Friday, 30 July 2021
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Dama accuses Odisha govt of showing undue favours to Vedanta

Bhubaneswar: Former Minister and senior leader Damodar Rout dropped a bombshell by accusing Odisha government of showing undue favours to Vedanta. He alleged that bauxite is being provided to the company at much lower price than the actual rate fixed by the Centre. Odisha government has allowed the owner of Vedanta, Anil Agarwal to plunder […]

  • Friday, 30 July 2021
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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 […]

  • Friday, 30 July 2021
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Jagatsinghpur administration dismantles Dama's stage set for 'Ravana Podi Utsav'

Jagatsinghpur: A controversy has erupted after the district administration today dismantled a pandal erected by supporters of senior leader Damodar Rout for ‘Ravan Podi Utsav’ at the Anchalika Yuva Parishad ground in Erasama of Jagatsinghpur district. As per reports, the district administration declined to give permission to supporters of Rout to organise ‘Ravan Podi’ function […]

  • Friday, 30 July 2021
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CM Naveen has made corruption a policy of Govt: Dama Rout

Bhubaneswar: Expelled from the BJD a few days back, senior leader Damodar Rout does not seem to relent from making scathing attacks on almost all BJD leaders including the party president and CM Naveen Patnaik. Continuing the tirade, Rout today once again lambasted CM Patnaik alleging that he has made corruption a policy of the […]

  • Friday, 30 July 2021
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The sooner Naveen leaves state, the better for Odisha: Dama Rout

Bhubaneswar: A day after his expulsion from BJD, senior legislator Damodar Rout today sharpened his attack against Chief Minister and BJD president Naveen Patnaik and said the sooner he (Naveen) will leave the State, the better it will be for Odisha. Rout, who was instrumental in foiling a coup against Patnaik on May 29, 2012, […]

  • Friday, 30 July 2021
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Damodar Rout opens up about his political aspirations

Bhubaneswar: Months after being ousted from the BJD and subsequently floating a new political party, senior leader Damodar Rout today expressed his political aspirations for the future. “I was actively involved in politics for last 44 years and at the age of 77 why should I think about my future. Wherever I go, I find […]

  • Thursday, 29 July 2021
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Damodar Rout, Pratap Jena engage in war of words on stage

Paradip: A war of words broke out between senior leader Damodar Rout and State Health Minister & BJD spokesperson Pratap Jena during the inauguration ceremony of Kalinga Baliyatra in Paradip yesterday. During the ceremony, Rout took a dig at the State minister, who was also present on the dais. “I thank Jena babu for coming […]

  • Thursday, 29 July 2021
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Damodar Rout likely to name new party ‘Biju Samatakranti Dal’

Bhubaneswar: Former minister and BJD leader, Damodar Rout announced that the name of his new political party is likely to be ‘Biju Samatakranti Dal.’ While speaking to mediapersons in Paradip today, Rout said “We are going to form a regional party. Even though the name has not been finalised, I have suggested ‘Biju Samatakranti Dal’. […]

  • Thursday, 29 July 2021
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Former minister, senior BJD leader Damodar Rout expelled from party

Bhubaneswar: Just days after alleging multiple instances of corruption in various departments of the State government, former minister & senior leader Damodar Rout was dismissed from the BJD today. In pursuance to orders from party president Naveen Patnaik, Damodar Rout has been expelled from the BJD, informed party’s state secretary, Bijay Kumar Nayak through a […]

  • Thursday, 29 July 2021
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I raised voice against corruption not CM Naveen: Dama Rout

Bhubaneswar: After creating a flutter with his back-to-back allegations of scams and irregularities in the BJD-led government, senior BJD leader Damodar Rout on Wednesday went soft on the Odisha government to the extent of saying, ‘Naveen Babu is a good human being and he has no fault in these irregularities.’ In what seemed an attempt […]

  • Monday, 26 July 2021
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Damodar Rout raises questions on Crime Branch probe in gangster Tito case

Bhubaneswar: Former minister and senior leader of ruling-BJD, Damodar Rout today stirred the hornet’s nest once again by questioning the Crime Branch probe into gangster Tito’s businesses and connections. Damodar Rout said that Bapu Parida who has been arrested today for his association with Tito has no links with the gangster. “A few years ago, […]

  • Monday, 26 July 2021
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Dama Rout fires fresh salvo at State government

Bhubaneswar: Former minister and senior BJD leader Damodar Rout today fired a fresh salvo at the ruling party saying that if governance of Odisha is handled by a young MLA and a government official then it’s unfortunate. “It is the job of the leader to control and if something his out of control, whose fault […]

  • Monday, 26 July 2021
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BJD leader Dama Rout feigns ignorance about V.K. Pandian, says he doesn’t know ‘clerks’

Bhubaneswar: Known for his tongue in cheek statements, senior BJD leader Damodar Rout today sneered at the Chief Minister’s private secretary VK Pandian by saying that he does not know the official. Replying to a media query on whether Pandian is de-facto CM of the State, Rout stated, “Who is Pandian? I believe there is […]

  • Monday, 26 July 2021
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Baijayant Panda did nothing anti-party: Ruling-BJD's Dama Rout

Bhubaneswar: At a time when the BJD has still not taken its decision on the resignation of Baijayant Panda from party, senior BJD leader and former minister Damodar Rout today said, he believes that the parliamentarian had done nothing which can be termed anti-party. “I am presently disposed off by the party so what can […]

  • Monday, 26 July 2021
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Missing Ratna Bhandar key: Dama Rout questions judicial inquiry, Puri King's silence

Bhubaneswar: The judicial probe ordered by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik into disappearance of Srimandir Ratna Bhandar (treasure trove) key is just a tactics to divert the attention of the opposition, said senior ruling-party leader, Damodar Rout today. “A few years back there was a clash between police personnel and villagers at Maikanch village under Kashipur […]

  • Monday, 26 July 2021
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Resentment after Odisha sways on sharecropper legislation

Bhubaneswar: After Odisha Revenue minister’s comments which apparently indicated that the State government has put the legislation for protecting the rights of sharecroppers on the backburner, Opposition parties and farmer associations have resented such attitude of government. Ruling-BJD leader and former Agriculture minister Damodar Rout who was also a member of the inter-ministerial committee constituted […]

  • Monday, 26 July 2021
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Unfortunate party not utilising father's experience: Dama Rout's son

Bhubaneswar: A day after senior ruling party leader Damodar Rout expressed his displeasure over being sidelined and not given opportunity to speak on Mahanadi water dispute in Odisha Assembly, his son and party’s State secretary, Sambit Routray today termed such attitude towards his father as unfortunate. Speaking in favour of his father, Sambit said it […]

  • Monday, 26 July 2021
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Dama Rout criticises Odisha govt's inaction in Mahanadi water dispute

Bhubaneswar: Senior ruling party leader, Damodar Rout today expressed his displeasure for being sidelined by the party and not getting an opportunity to speak on Mahanadi water dispute in the Odisha Assembly. “I asked Prasanna Acharya today morning why I am not being invited during discussions on Mahanadi and was not allowed to speak on […]

  • Monday, 26 July 2021
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Ruckus in Odisha Assembly over minor girl rapes

Bhubaneswar: The proceedings of Odisha Assembly were disrupted following pandemonium by opposition members seeking a reply from Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on deteriorating law and order situation and rise in incidents of crime against women and rape of minor girls in the State. The opposition members tried to corner Odisha government over the alleged rape […]

  • Monday, 26 July 2021
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Logjam in Odisha Assembly: Dama proposes 'no work, no pay'

Bhubaneswar: Senior BJD leader and former minister Damodar Rout proposed implementation of ‘no work, no pay’ rule in the Odisha Assembly after another session of the House on Wednesday witnessed repeated adjournments amid ruckus created by opposition party leaders over various issues. Rout said the legislators should be paid according to their work; receiving full […]

  • Monday, 26 July 2021
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OTV’s 8th Annual Convention – Foresight 2018 concludes

Bhubaneswar: The Eighth edition of Odisha Television Limited’s annual convention, ‘Foresight 2018’ saw several brainstorming sessions and discussions on topics relevant in the present social, economical, cultural and political situation in the State and country. The first session was graced by Union Minister of State for Agriculture & Farmer Welfare Gajendra Singh Sekhawat. The minister […]

  • Saturday, 24 July 2021
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Bureaucrats should self-introspect: BJD Leader Dama Rout

Bhubaneswar: Senior BJD leader Damodar Rout on Friday once again fanned the controversy surrounding the attack on residence of Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik’s private secretary VK Pandian saying that officers protesting the attack will be better off doing some self-introspection. Dama Rout’s op-ed appeared in a local vernacular daily today with the headline ‘introspection […]

  • Saturday, 24 July 2021
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Damodar Rout is still a Minister!?

Bhubaneswar: Even one-and-a-half month have passed since he was sacked as the Cooperation Minister, Damodar Rout’s name continues to appear on the Odisha government website as a minister. As per the portal of the Registrar of Co-operative Society (http://coopodisha.gov.in/RegCoopSociety.html), Rout is still the Minister of Cooperation & Excise. Moreover, the department’s portal continues to name […]

  • Saturday, 24 July 2021
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No harm in removing Pandian on moral grounds: Damodar Rout

Bhubaneswar: A day after few BJP activists resorted to vandalism at the official residence of Chief Minister’s private secretary VK Pandian, former BJD Minister Damodar Rout said that there is no harm in removing the bureaucrat on moral grounds if there are allegations against him. Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has set precedent of removing people […]

  • Saturday, 24 July 2021
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Dama Rout hints at simmering revolt in BJD

Bhubaneswar: A few hours after MP Baijayant Panda was suspended from the primary membership of ruling BJD, party senior leader and former Minister Damodar Rout on Wednesday hinted at growing resentment within the party. Speaking on the sidelines of a function in Puri, Rout cited the example of Buxi Jagabandhu’s rebellion against Britishers and hinted […]

  • Friday, 23 July 2021
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Dama Rout refutes statement of Dharmendra Pradhan

Bhubaneswar: Former Agriculture Minister Damodar Rout today refuted the claims of Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan, who on Saturday had stated that the senior BJD leader had to pay a price for being vocal about the corruption that spreads till the third floor of the State Secretariat. “Dama Babu had said in Rayagada that the trail […]

  • Friday, 23 July 2021
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Brahmins intensify protest demanding Dama’s ouster from BJD

Bhubaneswar: Tension prevailed at Sishu Bhawan square here as Brahmana Mahasangha intensified its protest against sacked Minister Damodar Rout demanding his ouster from Biju Janata Dal (BJD) for his derogatory remarks against Brahmin community. The Brahmins who also demanded unconditional apology from the former minister are scheduled to take the rally to his residence. In […]

  • Friday, 23 July 2021
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Sacked minister Damodar Rout's wings further clipped

Bhubaneswar: In yet another blow to sacked minister Damodar Rout, Chief Minister and BJD president Naveen Patnaik  today removed him from the post of party vice-president as well as the observer of Dhenkanal district. The development comes barely 24 hours after he was sacked as Agriculture Minister for his alleged casteist remarks against Brahmins. “The […]

  • Friday, 23 July 2021
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Damodar Rout loses minister post over casteist remarks

Bhubaneswar: Taking stern action against Damodar Rout over his casteist remarks, Odisha CM and BJD president Naveen Patnaik today dismissed senior leader and Agriculture minister Damodar Rout from his Council of Ministers. “I strongly disapprove of anyone who makes derogatory remarks against any caste, creed or religion. I have dismissed Damodar Rout from the council […]

  • Friday, 23 July 2021
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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. […]

  • Friday, 23 July 2021
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Dama Rout seeks apology for his 'beggar' remarks on Brahmins

Bhubaneswar: After drawing flak for his ‘beggar’ remarks on Brahmins, Agriculture Minister Damodar Rout sought an apology through a video uploaded on social media. Rout posted a video on his Facebook page saying, he is sorry for insulting Brahmins and that the meaning of his words was changed . “The Brahmins belong to the upper […]

  • Friday, 23 July 2021
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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 […]

  • Friday, 23 July 2021
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Odisha govt accepts loan burden on deceased farmers

Bhubaneswar: Most of the farmers who committed suicide in Odisha during the last two years carried loan burden, informed Agriculture Minister Damodar Rout in the Odisha Assembly today. In written reply to a question, Rout stated out of the 16 farmers who had allegedly committed suicide in the financial year 2016-17, 12 had loans outstanding. […]

  • Friday, 23 July 2021
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Odisha CM pays tribute to Jayee Rajguru as freedom fighter, Dama refuses to agree

Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today paid tributes to Jayee Rajguru on his death anniversary, stating him as a freedom fighter and a martyr but Agriculture Minister Damodar Rout stood firm on his earlier claim that Jayee Rajguru was not a freedom fighter. “Homage to great revolutionary & freedom fighter Saheed Jayee Rajguru on death […]

  • Friday, 23 July 2021
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Farmer suicides in Odisha: Blatant lies or latent truths!

Bhubaneswar: Odisha Agriculture Minister Damodar Rout today said no cases of farmer suicides have been reported so far in the current financial year and the previous one as well. In a written reply to a question of Congress MLA Bhujabal Majhi, the minister said a total of 11 farmer suicide cases and seven alleged ones […]

  • Friday, 23 July 2021
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Puri Gajapati disapproves of Dama's comments on Jayee Rajguru

Bhubaneswar: Puri Gajapati Maharaj Dibyasingha Deb today disapproved of Agriculture Minister Damodar Rout’s claim that Jayee Rajguru was not a freedom fighter. The Gajapati reiterated his earlier statement and said, “Paika Bidroha was launched under the leadership of Jayee Rajguru in 1804. It was taken forward by Buxi Jagabandhu and spread further. Therefore, the initial […]

  • Friday, 23 July 2021
Under fire for comments on Jayee Rajguru, Dama targets Dharmendra

Bhubaneswar: A day  after claiming that Jayee Rajguru was not a freedom fighter, Agriculture Minister Damodar Rout today defended himself questioning why Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan celebrated 200 years of the Paika Bidroha (Rebellion) in 2017, while Rajguru had fought the Britishers in 1804. “Paika Bidroha, the first freedom struggle, had taken place in 1817 […]

  • Friday, 23 July 2021
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Jayee Rajguru was not a freedom fighter: Dama Rout

Bhubaneswar: Senior BJD leader and Agriculture Minister Damodar Rout, who was in the eye of a storm for his derogatory ‘Anganwadi’ remarks recently, has once against courted controversy by saying that Jayee Rajguru was not a freedom fighter. While addressing the Khurda Lok Mahotsav last evening, Rout said Paika Bidroha, the first war of independence […]

  • Friday, 23 July 2021
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