Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik has suspended Kendrapara MP Baijayant Jay Panda from Biju Janata Dal (BJD) with immediate effect for all 'anti-party activities', media reports said.
The announcement about the suspension of Panda is said to be for his recent pro-BJP activities. BJD vice-president and state minister SN Patro at a press conference said: "Party president Naveen Patnaik has suspended Kendrapara MP Baijayant Panda from the primary membership of the BJD”.
Patro, also 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 eulogize the opposition. His claims of being a founder member of BJD are totally false."
But Panda had denied all allegations. He said, “all allegations are baseless. I'm deeply shocked at this news".
It is learnt that Naveen Patnaik had ordered an inquiry into allegations against Panda's recent activities. There were also allegations of misappropriation of MPLAD funds against him. Party's Kendrapada district president Dhruba Sahoo lodged a complaint against Baijayant Jay Panda.
BJD's Cuttack district observer Usha Devi, who was appointed by Patnaik to look into allegations against Panda, submitted her report on Wednesday.