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28 March 2017

Soumya Ranjan Sahoo

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Bhubaneswar: Close on the heels of the twitterati war between senior BJD MPs Tathagat Satpathy and Baijayant Panda on Monday (March 27) igniting a virtual political warfare in Odisha, Panda’s article "BJD: Time For Introspection" in Odia published in the editorial page of premier vernacular daily The Samaj has further added fuel on Tuesday (March 28) to the already simmering fire and brewing resentment against him within the ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD) led by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik.

The BJD war of words escalated on the day after Panda has indirectly attacked the Chief Minister and BJD supremo that he has failed to stem corruption within the party that has been in power for the last 17 years.

In a nutshell Panda’s article states, “Allegations in 1997, including corruption and sheltering of criminals, are again being alleged about Odisha for the past three years”, “Many key positions are no longer held by people who struggled for the party, but rather by opportunists from various fields, including some who had worked against BJD,” “Other parties are gaining ground because of their dynamic new leadership” and “Unless BJD founder urgently deals with these issues, party will struggle to face challenges in Odisha”.

As the controversial article of BJD MP Baijayant Panda has not gone down well with his party leaders, many senior leaders have sharply reacted calling for disciplinary action against him.

Hinting at possible disciplinary action against Panda, BJD spokesperson Pratap Jena bursts, “He (Baijayant Panda) has always been writing many things in media for gaining political mileage. Every time his writings are in praise of BJP and against the BJD. But, we would like to question him that it amounts to party indiscipline. He should have raised such issues either at the party forum or by interacting with the party supremo. Rather, he should introspect himself that he has been an MP for four times due to the party and the image of the supremo. In return, what’s his contribution to the party? During his tenure we (BJD) lost in three assembly seats in Kendrapada in the 2014 assembly polls. What responsibility did he own for that? It’s now well-known and crystal clear about his high ambitions and real intent.”

Congress chief whip Tara Prasad Bahinipati remarked, “Now corruption rules the roost starting from the rural pocket to the capital city here. Today’s incident proves that the BJD is definitely faction-ridden. It has already split into two parts. In future, there will one more big part. It’s high time the Chief Minister should be all alert against.”

Senior BJP MLA and party’s legislature party leader K.V. Singh Deo commented, “Can a broken person be fixed. It’s too premature to say anything at this juncture. When BJP is marching forth on its own might, we need not pay attention to who is crumbling down. We’re rather busy strengthening our organisation. The matters of ‘gundaraj’ and ‘rule of bureaucracy’, which we had been highlighting since 2009, those issues have started coming to fore publicly. When celebration of Paika Bidroha has started now here in the State, rebellion within their party (BJD) has erupted simultaneously.”

OMMCOM NEWS tried to contact Baiyanta Panda for his reactions, but it went unanswered.

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Pratap Jena, Spokesperson, BJD, Odisha

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Tara Prasad Bahinipati, Congress Chief Whip, Odisha

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K.V. Singh Deo, BJP Legislature Party Leader, Odisha