Subash Chauhan respectfully denies BJP Odisha’s VP position
Bhubaneswar: Senior Odisha Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) leader Subash Chauhan has respectfully denied the party’s state Vice President position that was offered to him. He conveyed his decision in a letter to BJP’s state President Basanta Panda.
He also mentioned that he would not be contesting elections this year.
It was rumoured previously that he might be BJP’s candidate for Bijepur and hence give competition to the Odisha’s Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik himself.
Chauhan alleged the party of sidelining him and denying him the ticket for Bargarh Lok Sabha seat. He said, “Even though I had lost the last elections, I continually worked for betterment of people of Bargarh constituency and fought for their rights in whatever way possible. When the locals were unhappy that I did not get the ticket for Bargarh Lok Sabha, they were threatened into silence.”
“Later, due to unknown reasons I was offered the role of BJP state Vice President and also offered to fight from Bijepur Lok Sabha.”
It is worth mentioning here that BJD chief Naveen Patnaik is contesting from Bijepur this year for the first time, apart from his usual Hinjili.
He also revealed that he had advised Union Minister of Petroleum & Natural Gas and Skill Development & Entrepreneurship Dharmendra Pradhan to contest from Bijepur constituency. Since the CM is himself fighting, only a strong leader like Pradhan could give him a good fight.
He added, “I was deeply disrespected and asked to leave the party. To keep my self-respect and the respect of people from Bargarh parliamentary constituency intact, I have requested the state President to accept my request of denying the VP position.”
“I would be a part of this party but will not be contesting elections this time.”