After being expelled from BJD and thereafter months of dilly dallying and hobnobbing with the idea of his future course of action in politics, finally senior leader and former BJD Minister Mr. Damodar Rout joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) at the party headquarters in New Delhi.
Rout, who was expelled from the BJD in September last year after he brought a slew of corruption allegations against the ruling-BJD government in Odisha, joined the saffron party in presence of Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan, party national vice-president Baijayant ‘Jay’ Panda, Odisha in-charge Arun Singh and Legislative Party Leader KV Singh Deo.
After joining the saffron party, which he earlier criticised as a communal party, told to the media, “After a lot of mental exercise, I joined the BJP today. Late Biju Patnaik had brought me to politics and his sole agenda was to work for the people but things changed after his demise and after Naveen Patnaik became the Chief Minister. He (the current Odisha CM) has no love and affection for the people of Odisha. His government is dipped in corruption. It’s the duty of a minister to curb corruption but even after repeated complaints, Naveen didn’t take any action against the corrupt people and continued supporting them.”
“Biju babu had once sold his ‘kotha’ (property) for the people of Odish but the present government and its leaders are dipped in corruption and their sole motive is to make money,” said Rout.
He further heaped praise on BJP and its leaders saying that the good governance record of Prime Minister Sri Narendra Modi and the excellent leadership quality of party’s national president Sri Amit Shah motivated him to join the BJP and he will devote all his energy and time for the new party of his choice.
After Rout joined the BJP, Dharmendra Pradhan said, “A loyalist and a leader who truly follows the ideologies of legendry leader Biju babu has today joined BJP. I welcome him to the party.”
Jay Panda also welcomed Rout to the party and tweeted: “Welcome to BJP Dr. Damodar Rout! Your decades with Biju uncle & long years in his cabinet & also his son’s, did not aid you against harassment when you exposed corruption at highest levels last year & were expelled from BJD. Look forward to working together for Odisha’s revival.”