Breaking a relation of 45 years, I finally joined BJP, ‘Apana Mane Khusi Ta?’ : Dama
Bhubaneswar: A day after joining BJP, senior leader Damodar Rout on Friday expressed confidence that under the BJP government, people of Odisha will be relieved of corruption which has been rampant under the present Naveen-led government.
“While the people of the State are struggling with myriad issues from farmer suicides, corruption and insecurity of women to plight of tribals and ill-governance, the Naveen Patnaik-led government is busy spending crores of rupees for party, its leaders and workers that has led to rise of the debt burden on the State close to Rs 1 lakh crore,” Rout said after arriving from New Delhi today.
Targeting the BJD, Rout said, “I joined BJP because I believed that BJP can free the people of the State from the ill-governance that has stunted the growth of the State under the ruling BJD. I hope that the public will support me in fighting for the cause and help dislodge the Naveen government.”
Rout was accorded warm welcome by BJP workers and his supporters at Bhubaneswar airport and was later taken to BJP State headquarters on a bike rally.
During the welcome ceremony, Rout said, “Breaking a relation of 45 years, I finally joined the BJP. ‘Apana Mane Khusi Ta?’ (Are you all happy), Rout said at BJP headquarters in Bhubaneswar.