No More In Politics

BJD MP from Dhenkanal Lok Sabha seat Tathagat Satpathy has on Tuesday announced his decision to quit politics.

Mr.Satpathy’s decision came barely some days ahead of BJD President Naveen Patnaik announcing name of the candidates for the upcoming Lok Sabha and State Legislative Assembly elections.

The party circle was discussing that the four-time MP Mr.Satpathy may not be nominated again this time.

However, Mr.Satpathy said: “I was mulling it for a long time. My son was pressurising me. He wants me to stay at home, focus on journalism and not to contest election. But I will be in politics.”

Mr.Satpathy, who edits two newspapers like Dharitri (Odia) and Orissa Post (English), praised BJD President and Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik.

He wants to meet the BJD Supremo to apprise him about his decision.

Asked about his next course of action, Mr.Satpathy said:  “I will focus on my newspaper and not join any other party.”

Mr.Satpathy, also said that the leaders who have crossed 60 years of age and become MLAs, MPs or ministers for multiple times, should pave way for the young generations.

He also did not support the sons and daughters from political families, joining politics.
While mr.Satpathy’s mother Nandini Satpathy was the Chief Minister of Odisha, his father Debendra Satpahy was two time MP.
Mr.Satpathy also rejected speculations that his wife will replace him in politics and get a BJD ticket as per the regional party’s policy of fielding more women in the next elections.
Asked whether he will join any other party, Mr.Satpathy said: “There is no such possibility. I will not be part of any political party, but rather concentrate on Journalism.”
Mr.Satpathy, was elected to Lok Sabha from Dhenkanal seat on BJD ticket in 1998, 2000, 2004, 2009 and 2014.
His announcement, which surprised many political leaders who fight to get re-nomination for the next elections, is being discussed in the political circle.
However, Mr.Satpathy refused to divulge the reason behind his action .

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