A big fight has broken out in the Biju Janata Dal (BJD) in Odisha. The party asked its suspended MP Baijayant Jay Panda to resign from the Lok Sabha on moral grounds. He has been suspended from the party for anti-party activities, for working in collaboration with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). However, Jay Panda has trashed all the allegations and said that he is the victim of a conspiracy.
“I am shocked by the party’s action. I gave a statement two days ago. I am very hurt. My colleagues put out fake allegations against me. Those are baseless allegations. My fault was that I spoke openly against the wrong doings happening in Odisha,” said Panda.
“I never wanted to leave BJD. Right now, I am in a disturbed state of mind. When I will be calm, I will decide whether to join the BJP or not,” he added.
Earlier, BJD spokesperson Sasmit Patra said,
"As the Vice Chairman of IMFA, he has been drawing a salary but it did not reflect in his election affidavit. It is a question of moral integrity and the BJD workers from Kendrapara demanded that he should resign from the post of an MP."
On January 24, BJD President and Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik had suspended Panda from the primary membership of the party with immediate effect for 'anti-party activities '.
Patnaik said that Panda's conduct during the Panchayat Raj Institutions (PRI) elections was totally against the interests of the BJD and its functionaries who have been responsible for sending him to the Parliament four times.
It is to be noted that Panda did not campaign for the party candidates even in his own constituency during the PRI elections. However, Panda denied the allegations and called them "entirely false and baseless".
In May 2017, he was sacked from the post of BJD spokesperson after he criticised the party and had a Twitter spat with party colleague Tathagata Satpathy.