Bhubaneswar: After the subsequent tweets received from Dhenkanal MP Tathagat Satpathy alleging that BJP is trying to create a split in BJD like AIADMK and one BJD MP is allegedly hand in glove with the saffron party in its shady deal, in response, Kendrapada BJD MP Baijayanta Panda later tweeted, “He speaks w/ expertise, once suspended from BJD, joined another party.”
Such ‘tweet war’ was a talk of the day in the state ahead of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)’s two-day national convention in April slated here in the state capital city. Leaders from BJD, Congress and BJP had come up with their reactions on Monday.
Congress MLA Naba Kishore Das remarked, “When the people start rejecting a political party, that party is faction-ridden along with other internal crises. Same is the situation with the ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD). This party is on the verge of split. The rejection by people will see its climax in 2019. They (BJD leaders) used to comment on us that our Congress party is faction-ridden. Now let them guard their own party and then try to tackle the general public.”
BJP MLA Pradeep Purohit defended, “There is not a single dot of truth in MP Satpathy’s tweet. I feel he is too much scared and that has resulted in such tweets. BJP has neither earlier tried to split a party nor will resort to today. Biju Janata Dal has tried itself to rip apart. After the three-tier panchayat elections, the party has begun splitting. The fence has started weakening. All of them are now on their toes.”
On the contrary, BJD Vice-president Damodar Rout has said that everything with such situations alike happens for the sake of wresting power. He also said that BJD will never split till there is Biju legacy in the state.