23 December 2017
Bhubaneswar: After Chief Minister of Odisha, Naveen Patnaik sacked Agriculture Minister Damodar Rout from the Council of Ministers over his controversial remarks regarding the Brahmins, the former minister expresses no regrets over this decision. He reportedly said that any minister is a minister at the pleasure of the Chief Minister.
On his Facebook page, the veteran BJD leader clarified his dismissal from the ministerial post. According to him, “I was in a function in my constituency when this was announced. The CM had earlier called me and had asked me to tender my resignation within an hour. But it was not possible. I asked that if it is so urgent, then he can dismiss me. I have lost the confidence of the CM so he dismissed me. As for my Brahmin beggar remark, I have already clarified my stand on it.
Notably, Dama Rout always stirred a hornet’s nest with his controversial remarks. His list of transgressions is too long. Apart from his recent casteist remark, he embarrassed his party by his jibes on Anganwadi workers, farmer suicide, Jayee Rajguru’s status as a freedom fighter, etc.
Moreover, he also crossed his limits as he picked and chose to give bytes to a select few news channels in a spurt of anger, after his ‘Brahmin beggar’ remark was highlighted by media channels.