Bhubaneswar, Jan 13: Training his gun at the BJD, Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan on Saturday claimed infighting in the ruling party in Odisha has come to the fore and people will throw it out of power.
“Infighting in the ruling party in Odisha is gradually coming to the fore and the people have decided to reject the BJD Government at the hustings,” Pradhan told reporters on the sidelines of a function.
Referring to the spate of salvos by some BJD leaders and counterattack by ruling party functionaries, he iterated that the state was witnessing a “constitutional crisis”. Pradhan claimed that the BJD government is “simply passing through its tenure” as per the provision of the Constitution and the people of the state have made up their mind to bring about a change by ousting the “inactive and inefficient” government.
The union minister was responding to queries on BJD MP Baijayant Panda who two days ago accused an officer in the CMO of interfering in political affairs. The BJD hit back at him and charged him with “speaking the BJP’s language”.
Announcing his decision to quit the party, BJD leader and former MLA Rama Ranjan Baliarsingh had alleged that Chief Minister and party president Naveen Patnaik has “become a puppet” in the hands of an officer. Stepping up his attack against the BJD, Pradhan said there are well defined principles and traditions about roles in a democratic set-up and Odisha has become an exception by deviating from this.