A day after a senior BJD MP had alleged that some party leaders who were dropped from the state cabinet were thieves, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik sought an explanation from him, an Indian Express report has said. The MP in question is Tathagata Satpathy, Lok Sabha MP from Dhenkanal, who is the son of former state CM Nandini Satpathy. The latest tension in the party has come days after eggs were thrown at party MP from Kendrapara Baijayant Panda, in Mahanga area of Cuttack. Later, Panda had tweeted on how the party was run by some bureaucrats.
The news report quoted Satpathy as saying, “I am not siding with any party. Congress party members are thieves, BJP party members are competing with them as thieves. We as a party are no less. Naveenbabu ousted some of the thieves recently, like Debi Mishra. But what can the party supremo do? If he sacks the thieves, more than half of the party members will be out.”. He was addressing a meeting in his constituency.
Patnaik sought an explanation from Satpathy, after a group of ten ministers had met him on the issue. Slamming his party MP, the chief minister said that those who have been asked to resign from state cabinet have been given important work in the party. “Nobody should construe it otherwise. What has been said is not good,” he added further.
In the meantime, Congress and BJP leaders have come in support of Satpathy, saying he was speaking the truth. Praising him, Congress MLA Taraprasad Bahinipati said that the MP inherited the fighting spirit from his mother Nandini Satpathy. Demanding further explanation from Satpathy, BJP leader Golak Mohapatra asked him to name BJD leaders who had robbed the state.
You may also like to watch this video
“Him dropping ministers from state cabinet is a clear indication. My constituents accept, appreciate & support stand of CM Naveen Patnaik”, Satpathy’s office said in a series of tweets.