Bhubaneswar: Ending all speculation, senior BJP leader and Paradip MLA Dr Damodar Rout on Saturday said he would not campaign for his son Sambit Routray, who is contesting from the Paradip Assembly constituency on a BJD ticket.
“Motherland first, party second. I will campaign for BJP candidates in the whole Jagatsinghpur district,” said Rout, now a BJP candidate for the Balikuda-Erasama Assembly seat.
However, he made an emotional statement saying that BJD workers would take care of his son while Sambit is banking on his father’s support base to win the Paradip seat.
Rout further informed that he would file nomination papers for the Balikuda-Erasama Assembly segment on Monday. Notably, Rout had earlier won this seat five times on Janata Dal and BJD tickets. He joined the BJP recently.