The Biju Janata Dal (BJD) MP Baijayant Jay Panda said he does not know the reason behind his removal from the post of party’s spokesperson. The MP, who recently made several remarks on social media over party matters, however, “welcomed” the decision of his removal, reported news agency ANI. Asked about joining any other political party, the leader skipped the question and said he wants to see the party to “strengthen further”.
“I don’t know what is the reason for my removal as spokesperson, but if its my party president’s decision then I respect it. If my removal as spokesperson will be good and beneficial for the party then I certainly welcome it. I am a founding member of my party and I want to see it strengthen further,” he was quoted as saying by the agency.
In a statement on Friday, BJD vice president SN Patra said the BJD president Naveen Patnaik has removed Panda from being the spokesperson of BJD’s Parliamentary Party with immediate effect. Recently, Panda grabbed attention for his newspaper articles and a series of comments on social media despite Patnaik’s direction. Patnaik had requested senior BJD leaders not to go to social media or media on party matters. Even after this, the MP, in his tweet, after Sunday’s Odisha ministry reshuffle, cautioned about possible resentment if the party reshuffled ministers without representation of all districts, reported news agency PTI.
He had also cited the examples of two leaders, namely Jajpur’s Amar Nayak and Koraput’s Jayaram Pangi, quitting the party on two consecutive days. “One gone yesterday, another today. Yet when I cautioned last week, was contradicted. Now large sections unrepresented, resentment everywhr ??” Panda had tweeted on May 9, 2017. The tweet had created a flutter in the party.