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Naveen differs from Baijayant on conspiracy in BJD




 Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today refused to accept the argument of senior BJD MP Baijayant Panda that a few leaders are conspiring to oust some leaders from the party.

"I do not think that (Panda's remark) is at all correct," Patnaik, also BJD president, told reporters they sought his views on Panda's statement.

Panda, while welcoming Patnaik's decision to bring back some estranged leaders to the party fold had yesterday said that some efficient leaders had left the party due to conspiracy.

"As the chief minister has said that the matter will be considered on a case to case basis, I feel this is the right approach," Panda had said yesterday. However, the Kendrapara MP said "Currently, conspiracy is being hatched to oust some leaders from the party which should not happen."

Panda had recently been in the news over his newspaper article where he mentioned that all was not well in the ruling party in Odisha.

His recent twitter exchange with Dhenkanal MP Tathagat Satpathy over a party MP helping BJP to divide the regional party had also raised many eyebrows in the state. Reacting over Panda's conspiracy remark, BJD spokesman P K Deb said "If he (Panda) is aware about any conspiracy, he should bring it to the notice of the party president."

He also said that it was not acceptable to speak in the media on the conspiracy if any. Meanwhile, Bolangir MP and BJP spokesman Kalikesh Singhdeo said "No one can mislead the chief minister. The CM is aware about everything that is happening in the party and the government."






Editorial

Précis 2017
From asking his party men to ‘live a simple life and serve the people’ to taunting the BJP for its ‘crocodile tears’, Chief Minister and BJD supremo Naveen Patnaik has not only become politically invincible, he seems to be so in the coming years too.

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