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BJP Kendrapara District Committee expels senior leader Bijoy Mohapatra

 Senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Bijoy Mohapatra was today expelled from the party’s Kendrapara District Committee by District President Durjyodhana Sahu in the wake of unruly behavior of some of his supporters at a party programme recently.

“Mohapatra has been expelled from the district committee as a special invited member. Besides, recommendations have been made to the BJP State chief to expel him from the party”, Sahu told media persons.

The move comes after a group of supporters of Mohapatra allegedly created trouble at a party function at Garadpur.

Sahu said, “Mohapatra’s supporters shouted slogans against Prime Minister Narendra Modi and party national chief Amit Shah yesterday.

They had also assaulted party activists and damaged the stage put up at Garadpur for a ‘Mishran Parv, to protest as to why Mohapatra and his supporters were not invited to the function, he added.

Mohapatra, in his reaction, stated that a conspiracy was hatched by State party leaders to remove him.

“Conspiracy is being hatched to remove me from the party. If the party organisation will be strengthened after my removal, I will be happy,” he said.

Mohapatra alleged that the party instead of working for the people of the State was working out a strategy to get rid of him.

“I welcome the decision,” Mohapatra told reporters adding, “If my ouster will be a boon for the party, I welcome it.”

BJP State vice-president Sameer Mohanty also advised Mohapatra that he should leave if he does not like it.

Notably, In Kendrapara, BJP had bagged 10 zilla parishad zones during the rural polls. Of them, some members are supporters of Mohapatra.

A rift in the party’s district organization is likely to impact party’s prospects in future, feel political analysts.

Mohapatra had been critical of BJP moves over Mahanadi water row and had not minced words to criticize the Central leadership of the party.

Murmur in political grapevine has been hinting about Mohapatra’s disenchantment with the party in the past few months.

Even Prime Minister Narendra Modi had ignored Mohapatra during his last visit by not accepting his bouquet during the BJP National Executive Meeting in Bhubaneswar.

During rural polls, Mohapatra had stayed away from campaign though he was among the star campaigners of the party.

However, he had limited his activities to Kendrapara area during the rural polls.

He had also obliquely ridiculed party’s national president Amit Shah for his claim on gaining 120 Assembly seats during the 2019 election in State.

‘’I don’t know about Shah’s strategies to capture 120 seats in 2019 elections in Odisha. He may have a report on it,’’ Mohapatra had told reporters here.

Mohapatra had also hit out at the decision making body of the party for not inviting him to Shah’s programme.

He had alleged that the State president Basant Panda had moved Centre with a report against me.

BJP State General Secretary Prithviraj Harichandan has also been critical of the utterances of Mohapatra.

“Questioning top leader’s speech may be considered anti-party activity. Such type of statement is not expected from a senior and experienced leader like Bijoy Mohapatra,” Harichandan said.

Harichandan had said Mohapatra’s allegation on reports sent to Central leadership against him has no basis.

Mohapatra had even termed the State unit as a ‘dalal’ of the Petroleum Ministry when the party issued a rejoinder to Mohapatra’s allegations on recruitment in Paradip refinery project.

The climax was when Mohapatra’s protégé and Kendrapara BJP president Sukant Dwivedy and several of his loyals boycotted a Mishran Parv in Kendrapara to protest lack of invitation to Mohapatra for the function which was attended by Union Tribal Affairs Minister Jual Oram.



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