BJD rift: Nabin Nanda, Baishnab Parida meet Odisha CM


Bhubaneswar: A day after former MLA of the Biju Janata Dal (BJD) Nabin Nanda alleged that the party is not functioning properly, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Monday summoned the former and held a discussion with him.

The Chief Minister also discussed with BJD’s former Rajya Sabha member Baishnab Charan Parida, who has been critical of the Chief Minister for last few months over the latter’s inability to speak, write and understand Odia language.

“I said the BJD president and Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik about lapses in party affairs. I also apprised him about senior party leader and Minister Surya Narayan Patro who yesterday said that I am not in BJD,” said Nanda after emerging from the meeting.

He asserted that he will certainly contest the ensuing elections scheduled in 2019 as an Independent candidate if not given BJD ticket.

“Met Hon’ble Chief Minister on call and apprised the current political situation of Dhenkanal and assured for a reconciliation of Party affairs.I am thankful to @Naveen_Odisha for a favourable discussion,” tweeted Nanda.

On Sunday, Nanda, a former BJD MLA from Dhenkanal district, alleged that the party is not functioning properly and the Chief Minister remains in the dark on many issues.

Parida, who met the Chief Minister, said he held discussions with the CM on setting up of Odia Language Commission and party management affairs.