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Damodar Rout may return to BJD if party chief wishes, says son

Bhubaneswar: Maintaining that nothing is impossible in politics, Paradip MLA Sambit Routray today said that his father and senior BJP leader Damodar Rout can return to BJD if the party president and Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik wishes.

Damodar had joined BJP in March this year after being expelled from BJD in September last year and also unsuccessfully contested from Balikkuda-Ersama Assembly segment on BJP ticket in the recently concluded elections.

“I think my father is not happy after joining BJP,” Sambit told media persons.

On being asked if Rout will return to BJD, the first-time MLA said, “Nothing is impossible in politics. If party president wishes then Dama Babu can make a comeback to BJD.”

He further went on saying that Dama Babu is not a man of disposable personality.

Explaining the reason behind his father’s defeat in the recent elections, Sambit said, “Though Dama Babu had started his career as a member of the erstwhile Janata Dal, and stayed in BJD for so many years people did not accept his decision to join BJP and contest polls on a saffron party ticket.”

Damodar, a seven-time MLA, was first sacked from the State Council of Ministers and as BJD vice president in December 2017 for his remarks against the Brahmin community at a function in Malkangiri and later expelled from the party in September 2018.

 

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