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Naveen sacks Agriculture Minister Dama from cabinet




 In a significant political development in State, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, who does not believe in caste politics, today sacked irrepressible senior party leader Dr Damodar Rout from his cabinet.

The Chief Minister told media personnel in a brief announcement that derogatory remarks against any religion, caste and creed will not be tolerated by him.

“I disapprove of any derogatory remark against any religion, caste or creed. I have dismissed him from the Council of Ministers. The letter in this regard has since been sent to the State Governor,” Patnaik said.

Notably, the irrepressible Rout has been in several controversies in the recent times, including on farmers suicides, anganwadi workers and caused embarrassing situation for the Government on many occasions. His caustic ‘beggar’ remarks on Brahmins at the Malyabant festival in Malkangiri recently had provoked Brahmin organizations across State which had demanded his ouster.

Rout in his address at the festival had said, “The Adivasis never beg. They would drink water from the springs to survive but would never beg. But Brahmins would spread their arms for alms when the situation arises.”

Members of the Mukti Mandap Pandit Mahasabha at the Shree Jagannath Temple of Puri and the Odisha Vedic Brahmana Parishad held demonstrations against Rout in Puri and burnt his posters on Wednesday and demanded his ouster from the State Cabinet.

They had warned that if Rout does not come and apologise before the Mukti Mandap Pandit Mahasabha, they would intensify their protest in the coming days.

Rout, however had tendered an apology through social media site facebook.






Editorial

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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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