Naveen Rejects Rout Talk

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said expelled BJD Veteran Damodar Rout is known for making irresponsible statements.

Upon his return from the National Capital on 13 September, Mr.Patnaik responding to expelled BJD leader Dr.Rout’s scathing attack told reporters, "Dama Babu has always been making irresponsible statements. His allegations are ridiculous."
Mr.Patnaik had last night ordered the seven-time Lawmaker's expulsion from BJD on charges of anti-party activities. Dr.Rout had also served as a former party Secretary General and Vice-President.
Asked about speculation on Rout joining hands with a few other ousted BJD leaders to form a new political party, Mr.Patnaik said, "It is their business. It will not have any impact on the state."

A day after he was expelled from the BJD, Dr.Rout Thursday met former party leader Baijayant Panda and launched a scathing attack on Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik.
Dr.Rout, the BJD's Paradip Lawmaker and a former Minister, was expelled from the party Wednesday on charges of anti-party activities.
He met expelled BJD MP Baijayant Panda Thursday, triggering speculations that they would join hands to float a new political outfit.
Making a direct attack on Patnaik, Rout said the BJD president, in order to safeguard his political interest, keeps changing the party's ideology, which is contrary to the ideals of his father and former Chief Minister Biju Patnaik.
"A section of BJD leaders are now looting Odisha in the name of Biju Patnaik. This must be hurting the soul of the legendary leader. It will be good for the people of Odisha if the chief minister is unseated at the earliest," Dr.Rout said.

He also raised question on BJD's "equidistant stance" from both the Congress and the BJP. "There is no such policy. Though the BJD claims that it maintains equal distance from both, Mr.Patnaik supports the NDA in the time of need."

The 75-year-old Dr.Rout has dismissed any possibility of joining either the Congress or the BJP or even the left parties following his expulsion from the BJD.

However, he also did not make it clear if he has plans to float any new political outfit ahead of the elections.

"I can assure you that I am not joining the Congress, BJP or Left parties. However, I will contest the next elections as long as the people of Paradip want me to," Dr.Rout said. "I will reveal next course of action in days ahead."

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