Bhubaneswar: Political future of expelled BJD leader Damodar Rout is now hanging precariously as he is being ignored by other leaders who are thrown out of the Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik-led Biju Janata Dal.
Rout, who is fighting a losing battle against the ruling BJD, must be a frustrated man after he is sidelined in the newly formed ‘Odisha Ganatantrika Samukhya’ (Odisha Democratic Front) with the merger of former MP Braja Kishore Tripathy’s Samata Kranti Dal and Kharavela Swain’s Utkal Bharat.
In a press conference here on Monday, Tripathy and Swain announced that the front will field candidates in every constituency across the State in the upcoming elections.
They said that the new alliance will work for the overall development of Odisha.
Swain said, “The Odisha Ganatantrika Samukhya has formed by Samata Kranti Dal and Utkal Bharat. We invite all other small parties. Let them join hands with us and for the interests and development of Odisha as well as toppling this government.”
In his reactions, Tripathy said, “Since long Samata Kranti Dal was trying to build a power by knitting together all small parties. Now election is nearing. Hence, we two parties (Samata Kranti Dal and Utkal Bharat) formed a front. Inviting other like-minded parties in future, we will be fighting the election.”
The formation of the new front came on the heels of failed attempt by Rout and Tripathy, who had earlier tried to form a similar alliance.
Even though, the controversial Paradip legislator has said that he supports the formation of the new front, but he is struggling to form his own party after his earlier move to found a regional outfit was cold-shouldered by other leaders, who were expelled from the BJD.
Rout had proposed to launch the new party ‘Biju Samata Kranti Dal’ to strongly oppose the ruling party, which the Paradip MLA said, has deviated from the ideals of the legendary leader Biju Patnaik. He also announced that Samata Kranti Dal was likely to merge with the proposed new party leading to formation of Biju Samata Kranti Dal.
Rout had tried to bring other expelled BJD leaders such as Baijayant Panda, Bijay Mohapatra and Panchanan Kanungo.
The former Kendrapada MP, who initially welcomed Rout’s political venture, distracted later. Disappointed Rout started criticizing Panda saying that as a businessman the former has no political agenda.
Soon after, tussle between Rout and Tripathy surfaced regarding the naming of the party. It was said that Tripathy did not like to change the name of his party. Eventually, Rout was disappointed.
With no political leader is willing to join hands with Rout, the veteran leader is making fresh attempts to form his own party by name ‘Janata Kranti Dal’.