Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today made it abundantly clear that Gita Mehta is not interested in politics.
Rejecting rumours about his elder sister and well acclaimed writer Mrs.Mehta being sent to Rajya Sabha by BJD from Odisha, Mr.Patnaik said that "My sister is not interested in any political positioning, not in the Rajya Sabha nor any other place."
Mr.Patnaik told the Correspondents as the Media was agog with the speculation that Mrs.Mehta will be sent to the Rajya Sabha.
The rumour mill worked overtime when BJD's Rajya Sabha MP Bishnu Das, a leading Dalit figure in the Governing Party, elected barely nine months ago, resigned from the post after being made the Convener of BJD Dalit Cell and the Deputy Chairman of the State Planning Board.
BJD Supremo Mr.Patnaik expressed the mind of his elder sister on Politics, particularly after a group of senior leaders of the party welcomed her (Gita's) entry into the politics.
BJD Veteran and MP Prasanna Patasani described Mrs.Mehta as "A Great Lady of Wisdom".
"Odisha will immensely benefit from her knowledge if she goes to Rajya Sabha," Mr.Patsani said though two days ago BJD chief spokesperson Surjya Narayan Patro clarified that she is not joining politics.
BJD Spokesperson Pratap Jena and Cuttack Barabati MLA Debasis Samantaray said, "She (Mehta) is a learned lady and a litterateur of international repute. If she comes to Odisha, it will be a boon for all of us."
The rumor on Mrs.Mehta, who is approaching 80 years, gained currency when BJD MP Baijayant Panda in an article in leading News Paper indicated her entry into Odisha Politics.
Without mentioning Mehta’s name, Mr.Panda in a message for the Chief Minister said “Your (Patnaik’s) father always stood against promoting family politics. We hope you (Naveen) would also uphold the same principle.”
Earlier too Mr.Patnaik had to give clarification in Media on his health condition and there was a rumour that he would go abroad for treatment.
"I am fit and fine in regard to my health condition," Mr.Patnaik had then said.
“This is nothing but an organized Goebbels’ Truth” , pointed out a senior BJD leader and former Minister.
He said these are bunch of lies and repeatedly aired in Media by the opposition and few Media Houses as they are flaoting rumors about BJD Supremo’s deteriorating health condition and entry of Gita Mehta into Odisha Politics.