Odisha chief minister and Biju Janata Dal president Naveen Patnaik on Saturday expelled party vice president Prafulla Ghadei for alleged anti-party activities hours after a local newspaper carried excerpts of an interview with the latter in which he spoke against at Patnaik.
“Prafulla Ghadei has been expelled from the party for anti-party activities with immediate effect,” Patnaik told reporters in a terse statement.
Patnaik did not take further questions from reporters.
In his reaction, Ghadei, a former finance minister and one of the senior most party leader, said he had nothing to say about the expulsion. “I am a disciplined worker of the party.
The party president has the right to expel anyone. It is up to the people of the state to judge if the action taken against me was right,” he said.
“BJD’s internal conflict has come to the fore with the expulsion of Ghadei. The BJD will be completely destroyed by 2019,” Odisha leader of the opposition and senior Congress leader Narasingha Mishra said.
The excerpts of Ghadei’s interview were published in Sambad, one of the largest circulated Odia daily. The full interview will be published on Sunday.
According to the excerpts, Ghadei took a dig at Patnaik saying he was the chief minister though he did not do or understand anything. “He depends on others…he has become dull mentally and physically… People are tolerating him because it is Odisha.
They support him because there is no opposition,” Ghadei, a seven time MLA, has reportedly said.