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Kendrapada MP Baijayant Panda suspended from BJD

Kendrapada MP Baijayant Panda suspended from BJD

Bhubaneswar: The founding member of Biju Janata Dal (BJD) and Kendrapara MP Baijayant Panda has been suspended from the party for his anti-party activities, informed BJD Vice-President Surjya Narayana Patro this evening. This was announced by the senior BJD leader, Minister Surya Patro. "IMFA is a company which is into mining, ferro alloys and power in Odisha", Patro pointed out.

The letter said the party apprehended "serious conflict of interest" and "refused to nominate Shri Baijayant Panda for the Chairmanship of the Lok Sabha Standing Committee".

Panda's claim that he was a founder member of the BJD was totally baseless, and he had also openly campaigned for nominees of opposition parties during the panchayat elections a year ago, added Patro.

The party accused Panda of not campaigning for the party during the PRI (rural) elections and indulging in "anti-party activities supporting opposition candidates".

As vice chairman of IMFA Panda has drawn annual salaary and allowances of Rs 1.45 crore in 2014 and there has been a huge loan waiver which is still a matter of debate. The release said that because of all this, party president Naveen Patnaik "has suspended Shri Baijayant Panda from primary membership of BJD with immediate effect".




According to The Times of India, Patnaik had ordered an inquiry into allegations against Panda's conduct towards BJD workers, the party's Kendrapada district president Dhruba Sahoo lodged a complaint. By doing so, Naveen has proved his helplessness.

Soon after, Panda responded on Twitter saying he was "shocked at this news".

Political observers, however, believe that Panda's suspension from BJD is a direct fallout of his attack on the functioning of the Chief Minister's Office (CMO).

Panda tweeted that he was shocked and that it was sad that Naveen Patnaik did not see through the conspiracy against him led by an IAS officer who is now controlling the party.

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