Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik failed the expectations of many of his partymen after effecting a sweeping cabinet reshuffle. Many disappointed partymen claimed the reshuffle to be a ‘lopsided’ development. On Saturday as many as 10 Odisha ministers including a few Patnaik loyalists had resigned and this was followed, on Sunday, by a major reshuffle in which 10 new faces were inducted, as reported by The Indian Express.
BJD workers protested and said that many areas went unrepresented in the reshuffle. In Sundargarh workers expressed their grievances over the ‘non-inclusion’ of tribal leader Mangala Kisan. The workers also threatened to resign if Kisan is not included in the ministry. Pratap Deb, BJD spokesperson assured that the Cheif Minister will look into the matter. Several party men also spoke about how the party had ignored them.
In another town, Sambalpur, a demonstration was held by the supporters of BJD MLA Raseswari Panigrahi as she was not inducted among the newly elected ministers. “People of Sambalpur had some expectation and they have been hurt. So they are protesting,” The Indian Express quoted her as saying. BJD spokesperson Dibiya Shankar Mishra said,”“Earlier, it was represented by Pushpendra Singhdeo. I hope the CM would look into it,” The Indian Express quoted him as saying.