Finally, Naveen suspends Baijayant Panda from BJD

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Bhubaneswar, January 24, 2018: Chief Minister and BJD
president Naveen Patnaik on Wednesday suspended Lok Sabha MP from Kendrapara,
Baijayant “Jay” Panda from the primary membership of the party for anti-party
The move came nine months after he was removed from the post
of spokesperson of the BJD parliamentary party.
“Party president Naveen Patnaik has suspended Baijayant Panda
from the primary membership of BJD with immediate effect,” announced party
vice-president and Food Supplies and Consumer Welfare Minister Surjya Narayan
Patro in a press conference at the party State headquarters here this evening.
The axe on the high profile MP is said to be the fallout of
his reported proximity to BJP.
However, the action came after BJD’s Cuttack and Kendrapara district
observers-Usha Delvi and Pramilla Mallcik- submitted their reports on Panda’s
conduct towards party workers to the party president.
Patnaik had ordered an inquiry against the four-time
parliamentarian as party workers and leaders from different blocks in Cuttack
and Kendrapara districts recently lodged complaint with him accusing the MP of
ignoring them and giving priority to non-BJD workers and leaders.
According to a party release, as IMFA’s vice-chairman, Panda
has withdrawn an annual salary and allowances of Rs 1,45,27,747 in 2014 and
that his company has had received a huge loan waiver earlier which is still a
matter of debate.
However, the demand for action against the BJD veteran grew
louder after he directly charged a non-Odia IAS officer’s high-handedness in
the party’s affairs and dragged the Chief Minister’s Office (CMO) into the
On January 11, Panda, who had been sidelined by the party
leadership, while inaugurating a overhead tank in his constituency targeted
officers close to Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and cautioned them to remain
within the “laxman rekha” thereby inviting ire from the party high command.
On the following day Patnaik, while answering to media queries
on the MP’s remarks made it clear “whatever appropriate will be done.”
Notably, in May last year, two months after Panda called out
for introspection in BJD in the aftermath of party’s under performance in the
panchayat polls, Patnaik removed the former from the post of spokesperson of
BJD Parliamentary Party.

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