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Maoist Wing Opposes BJD MLA Damodar Rout’s Dismissal From Odisha Cabinet, Puts Up Banner In Rayagada


27 December 2017

Smrutiranjan Mohanty


Rayagada: Opposing the ouster of senior BJD MLA Damodar Rout from Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik’s Council of Ministers recently, red colour banner also bearing the banned Maoist outfit symbol was found in this tribal-dominated district of southern Odisha.

On being informed, police reached the spot and seized the banner.

As per report, the CPI Adivasi Sangh, claiming to be the tribal wing of the CPI (Maoist), has put up the banner vehemently opposing the dismissal of Damodar Rout as Odisha’s Agriculture & Farmers’ Empowerment Minister.

As mentioned in the banner, the tribals have dubbed the veteran politician as ‘favourite leader’ and have lauded his remarkable role in tribal development.

It has been argued through the banner that over 400 tribals were present at the function where Rout had made the controversial ‘Brahmin beggar’ remarks.

The CPI Adivasi Sangh has clarified through its banner that Damodar Rout had not made any comments against the Brahmins.

The tribal outfit has, on the contrary, questioned Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik for not sacking his party MLAs accused in the multicrore chit fund scam in Odisha.

Eulogising Damodar Rout and simultaneously enraged over his ouster, the CPI Adivasi Sangh has demanded stringent action against those chit fund scam tainted MLAs immediately.

The outfit has further warned launching massive agitation if the ruling BJD Government led by Naveen Patnaik fails to fulfil their demands.

Notably, the BJD bigwig has earned the ire of both the Brahmins and his party supremo-cum-Chief Minister for his controversial anti-Brahmin jibe during his key note speech at the Malyabanta Mahotsav in Malkangiri recently.

The beleaguered BJD stalwart as well as sacked Agriculture Minister in his contentious speech had drawn an objectionable comparison between the indomitable fighting spirit of the tribals and allegedly begging spree of the Brahmins. He had reportedly argued that even amid poverty and hunger, the proud tribals never beg while the Brahmins beg for alms when situation warrants.

Such an anti-Brahmin jibe immediately stirred a hornet’s nest and the Brahmins are up in arms against Damodar Rout till date. They are still demanding a due apology from Rout and had earlier sought his immediate dismissal from his ministerial berth by the Chief Minister.