Demand for Dama Rout’s expulsion from BJD intensifies

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Bhubaneswar: Hundreds of BJD members from Jagatsinghpur district on Tuesday approached party supremo and Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik at Naveen Niwas here demanding expulsion of former minister Damodar Rout for his alleged anti-party activities.

The BJD workers led by Balikuda-Ersama MLA Prasant Muduli met submitted a memorandum to the chief minister demanding disciplinary action against veteran party leader.

“I have received the complaints against Damodar Rout on his anti-party activities. I will look into the allegations and take appropriate action,” the Chief Minister told to the media.

MLA Prasant Muduli has alleged that Rout has been giving anti-party statements and hanging out with the Congress and BJP leaders in Jagatsinghpur district.

Meanwhile, MSME minister and observer of Jagatsinghpur district Prafulla Samal and BJD vice-president Debi Prasad Mishra arrived at Naveen Niwas for a meeting with the Chief Minister over the matter.

On the other hand, Rout had hit back at the duo saying that Bishnu Das is an anti-social and Muduli is mentally unstable.

“I was removed from the post of party’s vice-president and also from the ministry. What more action can be taken against me?,” Rout had questioned.

In a statement to the media rout said, “The workers were paid by both Das and Muduli to speak against me. Everyone knows who is involved in anti-party activities.”

Worth mentioning, Rout invited party’s ire by alleging scams in purchase of saplings, polythene for Omfed packets and irregularities in cooperative bank loan.

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