Bhubaneswar: Suspended Biju Janata Dal (BJD) leader and Rajya Sabha member Pyari Mohan Mohapatra Friday accused Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik of violating the party’s constitution.
According to the BJD’s constitution, the party president has to call the state executive meeting once in six months.
However, no such meeting has been held for three years, Mohapatra told reporters.
The rebel leader also said Patnaik had ceased to be the BJD president since July 2010 as there has been no organisational elections in the party.
Mohapatra said the Odisha Jana Morcha (OJM) formed by him was a part of the ruling party and would work to restore the lost internal democracy in the BJD.
He also accused Patnaik of not keeping promises the BJD had made to the people during the 2009 state assembly elections.
In response Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said, “Attempts have been made to back-stab me. I’m not bothered who is with me or not so long as 4-crore people of Odisha are with me.”
It is noteworthy to mention that Mohapatra, who was Patnaik’s non-official advisor for over a decade, was suspended from the party after he allegedly plotted a coup to unseat the chief minister.
Earlier this month, Mohapatra launched the OJM, a political forum to establish “internal democracy in the state’s ruling party”.
The forum has announced a massive gathering of about 50,000 people here October 28.