Tag: Damodar Rout

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]