BJD MP Baijayant Panda suspended from party for ‘weakening it’

Naveen Patnaik, Biju Janata Dal, BJD, Odisha, Chief Minister, SN Patro, Baijayant Panda, MP, BJP, suspended
BJD MP Baijayant Panda suspended from party for 'weakening it'

Biju Janata Dal suspended its star MP Baijayant Panda on Wednesday for ‘weakening it’.

The suave BJD MP from Kendrapara is a known critic of Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik.

The announcement about the suspension of Panda, who was said to be veering towards the BJP, was made by BJD vice-president and state minister S N Patro at a press conference in Bhubaneswar.

“Party president Naveen Patnaik has suspended Kendrapara MP Baijayant Panda from the primary membership of the BJD,” Patro told reporters.

Patro, while making the announcement, said, “Sri Panda has been directly and indirectly indulging in activities aimed at weakening BJD, whether it is the Parliament, state, constituency or media space — no opportunity was missed by Panda to criticise BJD and eulogise the opposition. His claims of being a founder member of BJD are totally false.” He said Panda did not campaign for BJD candidates in elections to panchayati raj institutions even in his own constituency, and indulged in “anti-party activities”, supporting opposition candidates.

In reply to all the allegations, Panda later tweeted that it was all conspiracy against him and that the allegations are false.


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