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Dama Rout hints at floating new political party

7/11/2018 at 6:23 PM

Bhubaneswar: After being disgraced by the BJD, former minister and veteran politician Damodar Rout today hinted at floating a new regional political outfit to take on the ruling party in Odisha.

“We are planning to form a new political entity which can fight corruption, scam and scandals and misrules. I expect that we will come up with our plan very soon. I should not fix the date and time of forming the party alone. We all who have mulled about a party would meet on November 9 and 10 to discuss the further course of action. The picture will be cleared by November 11 or 12,” Rout informed media persons.

He said the party members will comprise of Biju loyalists only who can fight to uphold the ideologies of Biju Patnaik. “I will give proposal to name the party after Biju Babu’s name in the meeting. The outfit will purely aim at restricting the actions going against the ideologies of Biju Babu. Now, a group of fake Biju loyalists are busy amassing properties by using Biju Babu’s name. These leaders have never worked with Biju Babu. Those who had created hurdles in Biju Babu’s meeting once, they have turned into the spokesman of Biju Babu now,” Rout said.

The Paradip MLA further clarified that his new political force will not forge any alliance with other parties. He alleged that the government is creating hurdles in formation of new party and creating discrimination among the leaders.

When asked whether former MP Baijayant Panda, who is also a Biju loyalist and expelled from BJD, is joining him, Rout said “we are interested and he has also shown keenness to come with us together”.

The meeting of Baijayant Panda with Rout, a day after he was ousted from the party, had also given rise to a speculation that Biju followers could come together to form an alternate force.

Sources said some veteran leaders who have been sidelined from the party could join together if the party takes shape.

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