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Priya Ranjan Sahu, Hindustan Times
Bhubaneshwar, December 10, 2012
About three weeks after he was expelled from the Biju Janata Dal,  dissident leader and Rajya Sabha member Pyarimohan Mohapatra on Monday moved the Supreme Court seeking a direction to the BJD to send the expulsion order to the Rajya Sabha and him. Mohapatra, who was expelled on November 16, said he came to know about his expulsion from the media and had not yet been served with an official letter. “He (Odisha chief minister and party president Naveen Patnaik) must serve the expulsion letter to me. By not sending the expulsion order the BJD has made its position unclear in Rajya Sabha,” Mohapatra said.

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.