Bhubaneswar, Jan 27: With the upcoming election looming, internal strife has erupted within the ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD) in the Chhatrapur assembly segment of Ganjam district. The discontentment toward MLA Subash Behera is palpable within the constituency.
A faction led by Sankar Das has openly opposed MLA Subash Behera and is fervently demanding that the party nominate someone else for the upcoming election, sidelining the incumbent MLA.
Recently, a meeting was organized in the Ramachandi temple of Chhatrapur under the leadership of Sankar Das, a prominent labor leader. Over 40 influential party leaders were in attendance, including the Block vice-chairman, Sarapanchs, Samitte Members, Zilla Parishad members, and BJD councilors. During the meeting, these leaders expressed their dissatisfaction with MLA Subash Behera.
Members of this rebel camp have formally requested the party's high command, Naveen Patnaik, to refrain from granting the party ticket to Subash Behera in the upcoming election.
This is not the first instance of opposition against MLA Subash Behera. A few months ago, Ramachandra Panda organized a sizable rally against him in Brahmapur.
Under the leadership of MLA Subash Behera, the BJD performed poorly in the last three-tier Panchayat election and urban local body election. All three Notified Area Councils (NAC) in the Chhatrapur constituency slipped out of BJD's control. Despite winning the Ganjam and Chhatrapur blocks, these areas are now under the influence of the MLA's rebel camp.