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Sulochana joins BJD, Dama takes jibe at her

 Former Congress Spokesperson Sulochana Das today joined Biju Janata Dal (BJD) in presence of Chief Minister and party supremo Naveen Patnaik.

The BJD president welcomed the woman leader to the party and said, “I welcome Sulochana Das to the Biju Janata Dal. This will strengthen our party”.  Interestingly, the former Congress leader in the past had a fracas with couple of BJD leaders, including BJD Veteran Damodar Rout. Sulochana had grappled with Rout and had alleged that the senior BJD leader has no respect for women.

Sensing the opportunity, senior BJD leader and Agriculture Minister Damodar Rout today took a jibe at Das with his wisecrack statement that she had alleged BJD was not working since last 17 years, but she eventually joined the same party. “Das had alleged that BJD was not working since last 17 years. She had also burnt my effigy saying I don’t respect women. But now she has joined the BJD,” Rout quipped.

Das had disclosed on June 19 that she was upset over the infighting in the Congress for which she decided to resign from the party. “During the last four years the party gave me the scope to work as a spokesperson and general secretary for which I am thankful to the party. But, I was shattered everyday when I saw serious indiscipline and lack of coordination between the PCC and the Congress legislature party and it became very difficult for me to work in the party,” Das had said.

“Since the party is divided into various groups based on individual leaders, I could fit into any of these groups. When communal forces were raising their heads in Odisha because of the weakness of the Congress party, I felt ashamed to continue in the Congress,” she added.

It remains to be seen whether Sulochana will rough and tumble in the BJD or she will strive in the party. Only time will tell now whether ‘time heals all wounds’ is applicable in Odisha’s politics or not.


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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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