Reacting to Mohapatra’s move, senior BJD leader Prabhat Tripathy said: “He is no more in the party. Let him do whatever he wants to do.”
Mohapatra, Patnaik’s main advisor over a decade, was suspended from the BJD for allegedly plotting a coup against the chief minister on May 29. Following his suspension, he launched Odisha Jan Morcha, an outfit within BJD to bring in “internal democracy”.
Under OJM banner, Mohapatra held two successful rallies in Bhubaneswar and western Odisha town of Bhawanipatna drawing thousands of disgruntled BJD workers, shaking up the top leadership of the party.