During the recent interview, 5T chairman VK Pandian made some claims which were countered by Ruben Banerjee, the senior journalist who has penned the biography of Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik.
Pandian was shown black flag at Manikeswari Chhak when he was on his way to Krishnanagar to attend a public meeting after finishing a ‘Nua O’ programme in the morning at Bhawanipatna.
The exams for third semester undergraduates and postgraduates, which were scheduled for January 13, were rescheduled to January 24 following a letter from Zilla Parishad.
The Boss is now resigned, for whatever reason, to his former secretary running both the party and the state by proxy while he cools his heels inside the fortified confines of Naveen Nivas.
An 11-member delegation of the ‘Vaidika Brahmana Parishad’ met the Governor at Raj Bhawan in Bhubaneswar and submitted the memorandum.
The entry of YouTuber Kamiya Jani into Puri Srimandir excited protests from servitors at the Baba Akhandalamani temple at Aradi in Bhadrak during 5T chairperson VK Pandian's visit on Wednesday.
While Mishra denied Pandian’s direct nomination filing in the next election. However, Mishra further said that there would be no issues if Pandian decides to contest the election.
Those who think Naveen Patnaik finally has chosen his successor are, therefore, not off the mark. That explains why Pandian’s formal entry to the Party has created the present buzz, and why there is so much of discussion everywhere.
The Pandian era has formally begun in BJD and after the coming assembly elections, the ‘de facto’ power centre will, in all probability, become the ‘de jure’ power centre in Odisha’s ruling party.
There is little doubt that Pandian will call all the shots in the ruling party - and the government if the party, as widely expected, get another term in office.
He joined the conch party at Naveen Niwas in the presence of party supremo Naveen Patnaik and other party leaders.
If there is one person who is discussed more than CM Naveen Patnaik or even PM Narendra Modi among the educated and conscious citizenry of Odisha, he is none other than Mr. V. K Pandian, voluntarily retired IAS, ex-private secretary to the CM.
He has taken voluntary retirement from IAS with nearly a decade left of his service not to become an also-ran in the ruling party, but because he wants to be numero uno.
For critics, this has been a saga of skulduggery perpetrated by persons whose duty was to protect and preserve constitutional niceties.
The police that had slapped Sec 307 (attempt to murder) charges on a bunch of Youth Congress activists who had dared to throw eggs on the Chief Minister’s cavalcade a few years ago – none of which hit the CM’s vehicle, by the way – set the accused, Bhaskar Sahu, free.