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Tag: Damodar Rout

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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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Column: Dam Babu, in search of relevance, eh!

By Raja Mohanty Great! Once again, we heard Dr. Damodar Rout, crying rather stating softly, ‘no more interested’ in electoral politics. Really! But, he will be with the people and continue to serve them. Oh, once again the same old quote from a seasoned politician, who is in his twilight zone. But, this is the […]

Claiming Rs 600 crore-scam in Odisha co-op bank, RTI activists move Lokayukta

Bhubaneswar: Alleging a scam to the tune of over Rs 600 crore in Odisha State Cooperative Bank (OSCB), a team of RTI activists today lodged a complaint with the Odisha Lokayukta demanding an urgent inquiry into the scam. The RTI activists claimed that NABARD has recently found anomalies in the crop loan interest subvention claims […]

Magic numbers to elude BJD in 2019:  Dama

Bhubaneswar: With less than a week’s time remaining for the verdict Odisha 2019 to be declared on May 23, veteran politician and senior BJP leader Damodar Rout today make a prediction that no political party in the State will attain the magic number of 73 required to form the next government in Odisha.  The State […]

Odisha might see a Hung Assembly as BJP will win big here: Dama Rout

Bhubaneswar: Amid political speculations on increasing nearness between the BJP and BJD, senior saffron party leader and former minister Damodar Rout on Wednesday created a flutter by claiming that Odisha might witness a hung Assembly in 2019 polls as BJP will win a number of seats. “In the last elections, BJP managed to win only […]

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Op-Ed: A Cry For Change

By Ashutosh Mishra Bhubaneswar: Change has been the cry in this election in Odisha. It has been the refrain of voters in a majority of constituencies. The obvious implication of this is that anti-incumbency factor has come into play in the state for the first time since chief minister, Naveen Patnaik took up the reins […]

Power-politics rock family ties in Odisha Elections 2019

Bhubaneswar: Family rocks in politics. But Elections 2019 canvas in Odisha shows how politics has rocked the families of political leaders instead. Many political families are split wide open. Though it is widely known that politics divide family for sake of principles, the unusual rush in Odisha during election season alludes how families here get […]

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Pandian, Bobby Das in connivance with police 'conspire' political murders: Damodar Rout

Bhubaneswar: At a time when Dhakotha in Keonjhar remained shut over demands to arrest the accused in murder of former block chairman and ex-MLA candidate from Ghasipura assembly constituency Ram Chandra Behera, senior BJP leader Damodar Rout made lot of noise levelling serious allegations against senior political leaders and a bureaucrat as the brain behind […]

Op-Ed: Let Expediency Rule, This Is Election Time!

Bhubaneswar: This is election time, the season of defections. Political loyalties become conveniently fickle at this time and expediency invariably gets precedence over principles. What else can explain former minister, Damodar Rout, a lifelong critic of BJP, entering the poll fray on the lotus symbol. This is going to be his last hurrah or sigh […]

Dama Rout’s daughter & former corporator Pritinanda quits BJD

Bhubneswar: Exodus from the ruling-BJD continues as Pritinanda Routray, daughter of senior BJP leader Damodar Rout, resigned from the party’s primary membership today. In her resignation letter sent to Chief Minister and BJD president Naveen Patnaik, Pritinanda said due to personal reasons she has quit the party. Meanwhile, the former corporator of the Bhubaneswar Municipal […]

My sole aim is to ensure Naveen fails to form Govt in Odisha: Dama Rout

Bhubaneswar: Amid growing speculations about his son Sambit Routray being considered an aspirant for the Paradip Assembly constituency, senior leader and Paradip MLA Damodar Rout today said he has no idea whether his son is aspiring to be the BJD candidate from Paradip, but pledged that he will ensure Naveen Patnaik fails to form the […]

Orissa HC quashes ‘casteist remark’ case against former BJD leader Dama Rout

Cuttack: Ahead of the 2019 elections, Paradip MLA and former BJD leader Damodar Rout heaved a sigh of relief after the Orissa High Court today quashed a case registered against him for his alleged ‘casteist remark’ during a public gathering at Kujanga in Jagatsinghpur district in 2010. A complaint in this regard was filed against […]

Will changing political equations spawn new parties in Odisha?

Bhubaneswar: With political equations changing thick and fast, many have started to speculate the formation of as many as two new parties in Odisha ahead of the crucial general elections this year. Though some leaders had made a few attempts in the later part of 2018, such endeavours did not materialise; but experts believe that […]

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 […]

Dama Rout continues tirade against ruling party leaders

Paradip: Former minister and senior leader Damodar Rout who is known as a loudmouth politician continued his tirade against the BJD government and leaders. This time, Rout hit out at State Health Minister Pratap Jena during a ‘Swabhiman Sabha’ programme at Jaldharpur under Kujang in Paradip and said that he doubts Jena will be re-elected […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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’. […]

Will form new party to drive out corrupt BJD government: Dama Rout

Bhubaneswar: Senior leader Damodar Rout on Wednesday said that the loyalists of former chief minister late Biju Patnaik will soon come up together to form a new party based on the principles and ideologies of the legendary CM to oust the corrupt BJD government in Odisha. Plans are underway to launch a new regional party […]

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 […]

Dama Rout blames BJD leader Arun Sahoo for ruckus during anti-corruption samavesh

Bhubaneswar: Senior leader Damodar Rout on Monday blamed BJD leader Arun Sahoo for ruckus during former’s public rally -Baripada Samavesh and said that he would have to visit Sahoo’s constituency, Nayagarh, to take him to task. Rout alleged that the BJD MLA hired a person to create ruckus during his public meeting out of fear. […]