Bhubaneswar: After being sacked from the BJD, veteran politician and former Minister Damodar Rout today reacted sharply that he would not leave politics under any circumstances and contest election from Paradip as far the people want him to stand.
“I will never jump to any other party rather I will remain in public life. I will contest election as far as the people of Paradip want me. Even I have the ability to contest election from anywhere in Odisha. Ticket of a party is not mandatory and necessary for a leader who has connectivity with grassroots”, Rout said in his first reaction to media after his expulsion from the BJD.
He further stated that he has been considering himself as a non-member of the party since his removal from the council of minister, post of party vice president and district observer. He was also not invited to any of the party programmes, Rout said, adding that his expulsion was just made official today.
Coming down heavily on the chief minister and BJD supremo, Rout said that he is not a leader like Naveen Patnaik who always changes his ideology to protect his position.
“There was no constitution in the BJD. No work was done constitutionally. Party executive meeting has not been convened for long days. Being the president of six constitutional bodies like Sri Jagannath Temple Managing committee, OPEPA committee, he has never ever convened the meeting once. A financial irregularity of Rs 6 crore has taken place in OPEPA. Patnaik did not act. I will gradually unearth the real hero of all corruptions and scams,” Rout said.
Former MP Baijayant Panda also today made a courtesy call and discussed with Rout at his residence.
Panda said the BJD is removing all Biju followers. There is no ideology in BJD. Initially, the party used to take action swiftly against corruption as soon as it raised its head, but now a person who brought corruption to limelight has to face action, Panda said adding that BJD has been captured by some tainted people.
“In the party of which i was a proud member from inception for nearly two decades, until a few short years ago when it lost its way…Used to be that whistle blowers were lionised & the corrupt dismissed, dropped, expelled…What happened that the exact opposite now prevails?,” Panda tweeted.
Notably, the seven-time MLA Rout was embroiled in controversy since last week after raising three alleged scams to the embarrassment of the ruling BJD as well as the state government.
While interacting with reporters, the veteran leader had alleged irregularities in sapling plantation, procurement of polythene sheets for Orissa State Cooperative Milk Producers’ Federation Limited (OMFED), in cooperative bank and in health sector.