Bhubaneswar: Politics within BJD intensified as cold war between Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and suspended BJD MP and Odisha Jana Morcha (OJM) chief Pyarimohan Mohapatra further intensified on Friday with Mohapatra alleging that attempts were being made by BJD leaders to disrupt the scheduled rally of OJM on October 28 by creating violence by hired goons and the youth wing of the BJD demanding the expulsion of Mohapatra from the party.
Mohapatra in another letter to Patnaik on Friday said that certain BJD leaders attempting to disrupt the rally by bringing women and children through other organisation to create untoward incidents.
Mohapatra also alleged that Minister of State for Energy Arun Sahu along with one Regional Transport Officer(RTO) had intimidated the vehicle owners at Nayagarh and Ranapur and threatened them not to carry the workers to the rally venue. Similarly, the RTOs and the Motor Vehicle Inspectors (MVI) at Kendrapada, Cuttack and Bhubaneswar were also threatening the vehicle owners for giving vehicles to the participants of the rally.
However refuting the allegations made by Mohapatra, Patnaik told that “The allegations made in his (Mohapatra) letter are false and baseless.”
Later, OJM’s spokesperson Jagneswar Babu reiterated Mohapatra’s allegations at a media conference and warned officers not to get politically motivated.
Countering the Morcha’s onslaught against Patnaik, BJD youth wing activists hit the streets and burnt the pictures of Mohapatra besides asking him to resign as an MP of the Rajya Sabha.
“Mohapatra should tender his resignation as an MP on moral gound as he has been nominated to the Upper House of the Parliament by Naveen Patnaik,” BJD youth wing president and MLA Sanjay Dasburma told.
It is noteworthy to mention that Mohapatra apprehending violence in his OJM rally had written two letters to Patnaik in 24-hours time. Mohapatra in his first letter to Patnaik on Thursday had alleged that Patnaik was misusing the government machinaries and trying to foil OJM’s proposed rally in the State capital.
Source: 360 NS