Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister and BJD president Naveen Patnaik today said that the action against party MLA Damodar Rout was taken for his alleged anti-party activities.
“This action is being taken against him for the anti-party activities that he has been indulging I,” said Patnaik in New Delhi when asked by journalists to comment on expulsion of Damodar Rout from the party.
Rout, a former Minister, was finally expelled from the ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD) on the charges of anti-party activities on Wednesday.
The 75-year-leader, who has served the State as a Minister in earlier Biju Patnaik Government and the present Naveen Patnaik Government for long, was dismissed from primary membership of the party by party supremo Naveen Patnaik.
He was under fire for raising corruption allegations in various Government departments.
Earlier, he had been driven away from the State Cabinet for targeting party leaders on various issues. Subsequently, he was also removed from the party vice-president post.