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Senior BJD leaders endorse Naveen’s action against Jay Panda




 A day after BJD supremo removed Baijayant Panda, popularly known as Jay Panda in State politics, from the post of spokes man of BJD’s Parliamentary Party, senior members of the party including Damodar Rout, Suryanarayan Patro and Bhaskar Rao have appreciated the move.

Even as Jay was cautious in his response, all these leaders endorsed Naveen’s decision saying the Kendrapara MP overstepped his brief and made public utterances which amounts to breaching the limits of propriety in the party. Speaking to reporters Patro said, “Baijayant was expressing views through newspaper articles and tweeters going beyond the scope of his responsibilities as Parliamentary Party spokesperson. He was quite often making statements not concerning to BJD”. Now since he is no longer the spokesperson, he is free to express views in newspaper articles and through tweeter, said Patro while sending down a veiled threat that party high command would decide what action he (Jay) would invite for expression of his views.

While responding to the action taken against him Jay said it was BJD supremo Naveen Patnaik’s prerogative and he respects it if the decision was taken in the interest of the party.

“I have been tirelessly working for improvement of Biju Janata Dal (BJD) for the past 20 years in Odisha and criticized by several BJD leaders for creating an ‘unwarranted’ fuss,” Panda told a national news agency in an exclusive interview.

Soon after BJD experienced a setback in the recently concluded panchayat elections, the party president Naveen Patnaik publicly announced the necessity of introspection and course correction, said Panda adding that his article was also written in the same context as he being an integral part of the party since last 20 years felt the urgency to air views in the better interest of the party.

“If the action against me could further strengthen the party, so be it and I will be very happy for it”, he said.

Even BJD’s leader of the Parliamentary party in Lok Sabha Bhartruhari Mahtab has also expressed his views like me through newspaper articles, said panda while reacting to the BJD supremo’s directive to refrain from speaking or expressing views on public platforms.

Meanwhile, the State BJP criticized Naveen Patnaik for singling out Jay Panda while sparing other senior leaders like Damodar Rout who also express critical views about party affairs.

Reacting to BJP’s accusations Rout said his comments were always aimed at correcting party affairs and he never, like Jay Panda, praised BJP and Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s style of functioning.






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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