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BJD removes MP Baijayant Panda as its spokesperson

BJD president and Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik reportedly removed Panda, the MP for Kendraprada, as party spokesperson on Friday.

india Updated: May 13, 2017 20:54 IST
BJD MP Baijayant Jay Panda
BJD MP Baijayant Jay Panda (HT File Photo)

Biju Janata Dal leader and MP Baijayant Jay Panda on Saturday said he would accept his party president and Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik’s decision to remove him as party spokesperson if it would do the party good.

Panda, who was reportedly removed from the post on Friday evening, said he was unaware of why the decision was made but would go along with it.

“...If I am to get a punishment and the party corrects some of its problems, then I am prepared to face that punishment... As I said, it is the party president’s prerogative and I respect it. If he feels that is what is best for party. If my being removed from the post of spokesperson is good for the party, then I respect it,” Panda told ANI.

“I am a founding member of my party and I want to see it strengthen further... I don’t know what is the reason for my removal as spokesperson, but if its my party president’s decision then I respect it,” he added.

In the recently held rural elections, the BJP made significant gains, leading to Panda stating that Patnaik needed to urgently address several issues to stem the saffron tide in the state.

On Saturday, Panda said his intention is only to heal the party, adding that after the panchayat results, Patnaik had said that introspection was needed.

Of the 846 Zilla Parishad seats, the BJD won 473 seats – down by 190 from the previous tally – and the BJP won 297. In 2012, the BJP won just 36 of the total 854 zilla parishad seats.

Following the election results, Patnaik announced a massive cabinet reshuffle with 10 ministers going and 12 others being inducted.

Panda, however, dismissed the possibility of him changing parties.

“I am trying for my party to heal itself. The BJD is a party with which I have deep connection right from the founding day. I am trying to be the conscience keeper for the party to find its way,” he said.