‘Bande Utkal Janani’ row: Dama Rout blasts Minister Sushanta Singh

Bhubaneswar: Lashing out at BJD leader and minister Sushanta Singh over his statement for lyric change in ‘Bande Utkal Janani’ , veteran party man and former minister Damodar Rout today said a controversial statement by a person having constitutional position on such sensitive issue will never be tolerated.

“He is trying to divide the state on regional lines by raking up such issues. Without knowing the history, one shouldn’t make such comments. I am not against the concerned minister (Singh) or the State government, but the people in power must abide by the Constitution and use their words carefully.”.” Rout told media persons here.

Attacking him further, Singh doesn’t have any political credentials and he won election only due to the popularity of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik.  He was one of the BJD members, who were in a secret parley with Late Pyari Mohan Mohapatra to unseat the chief minister, Rout added.

“Along with Singh, some other party MLAs were hiding in Swosti Hotel in Bhubaneswar during a secret meeting with Pyari. After I came to know about it, I informed my colleague Prasanna Acharya (now BJD Rajya Sabha member) under whose instruction Singh came out of the hotel,” he added.

The Energy minister on June 26 had told the media that people in most places in western Odisha have suggested that the song will be acceptable if the word ‘Utkal’ is replaced with ‘Odisha’. Instead of Bande Utkal Janani, it should be ‘Bande Odisha  Janani’.

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