BJD Turmoil: Debi Mishra responds to Tathagata’s Jibe
Bhubaneswar: Former Minister and senior BJD leader Debi Prasad Mishra expressed deep pain and anguish over Dhenkanal MP Tathagata Satpathy’s remarks on him in his speech and tweets.
“Tathagata is a good friend. I am not sure under what circumstances he made such comments. As we were running out of time at the meeting at IDCOL Auditorium, I just reminded him to complete his speech in short. No other intention was behind it. If he was upset at it, then I can’t help it,” said Debi Mishra.
“Tathagata’s remark has hurt the sentiments of people in Badamba-Narasinghpur. I always worked for the people and discharged my duties as a Minister in all portfolios. I will soon meet CM Naveen Patnaik to apprise him on this development”, he added.
Earlier, Tahtagata had said in a public meeting that every party, including BJP, Congress and BJD has thieves. He further added that CM Naveen Patnaik had recently dumped 4/5 thieves from his Cabinet and Debi Mishra was one of them. Tathagata’s hard hitting comments created a flutter in the political circle.
Later, in an apparent move to pacify Naveen Patnaik, Tathagata tweeted, “Naveen is a clean leader. Doesn’t tolerate anti-people acts even within BJD. Him dropping ministers from state cabinet clear indication. My constituents accept, appreciate & support stand of CM Naveen Patnaik.”
Meanwwhile, senior BJD leader and Agriculture Minister Dr. Damodar Rout termed Tathagata’s remarks as his personal view.