Bhubaneswar, Apr 1: Dissension in ruling BJD over distribution party tickets has pushed the party, ruling the state for last 19 years, in a much embarrassing situation with several leaders quitting the party questioning the state of affairs in the regional party.
The latest leader to quit the party during the last fortnight is former Minister Praveen Bhanjdeo, a member of royal family of Mayurbhanj and sitting party MLA from Morada Assembly seat. Mr Bhanjdeo today sent in his resignation letter to party supremo Naveen Patnaik resigning from the primary membership of the party as well as Mayurbhanj District President of the party.
A peeved Mr Bhanjdeo told newsmen that the indiscipline rules the roost in the party and senior leaders are ignored and humiliated while those coming from the other political parties are given party tickets to contest the elections. Sources said, Mr Bhanjdeo was unhappy as the party is mulling the idea to project a candidate who had lost the Assembly elections thrice in the past.
He was obviously referring to recent joining of BJP leader Raj Kishore Das in BJD and inclined to contest the Soroda assembly seat replacing Mr Bhanjdeo. Political observers said never in his 19 years tenure, BJD supremo and Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik had faced the wrath of his partymen questioning the internal democracy and the functioning of party affairs after being denied party ticket.
The BJD had so far dropped 15 sitting MPs while announcing candidates for 18 of the total Lok Sabha seats and 35 sitting MLAs from among 126 of the total 147 seats declared so far. At least six sitting BJD MLAs and one sitting MP will seek re-election from BJP besides several former MLA of BJD who have quit the party after being denied party ticket and joined the BJP.
BJD veteran leader and eight times MP form Bhadrak(SC) Lok Sabha seat Arjun Charan Sethi who resigned from the party on March 30 along with his son Abhimanyu Sethi joined BJP the same day. (UNI)