16 October 2019
Bhubaneswar: Former Minister and seven times MLA from Paradip, Damodar Rout, resigned from the primary membership of the Bharatiya Janata Party on Wednesday.
Submitting his resignation to BJP Odisha President Basanta Kumar Panda, Rout stated that he feels the party is sidelining him after the recent general elections.
Rout asserted that after being expelled from the BJD, prominent leaders of BJP had approached him to work together for the welfare of people and had inducted him into the saffron party in presence of national president in New Delhi.
After joining the BJP Rout was appointed as the convenor of Odisha BJP campaign committee to garner public support for the party in the recent general elections. However, he felt that after the elections were over the BJP did not include him in any decision making process.
Rout asserted that after working for 35 years as a legislator and a six times Cabinet Minister, the feeling of being unwanted is forcing him to quit active politics.
He further stated that he will continue working for the welfare of the people as a devoted follower of late Biju Patnaik the former Chief Minister of Odisha.