NCP’s Orissa state chief resigns

March 19th, 2009 - 9:59 pm ICT by IANS  

Bharatiya Janata Party Bhubaneswar, March 19 (IANS) Orissa state unit chief ofthe Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) Bijoy Mohapatra Thursday announced his resignation, protesting his party’s decision to support Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik.
“Patnaik is a serial killer and he should be taught a lesson. Our national leadership’s decision to support his party and the government is unfortunate,” Mohapatra told reporters.

“I protest the decision and resign from the party. My battles against Patnaik will continue,” said Mohapatra, who was considered a trusted lieutenant of former chief minister Biju Patnaik. “It is a matter of principle,” he added.

Mohapatra had formed Orissa Gana Parishad (OGP) in 2001 after differences with Naveen Patnaik. His party merged with the NCP in 2007.

Mohapatra was angry after two legislators of the NCP supported the Patnaik government during a trust vote in the state assembly after the Bharatiya Janata Party pulled out of the alliance government.

Mohapatra said he was upset that the NCP leadership decided to support the Patnaik government without consulting him and even went ahead for a discussion on seat-sharing deal.

Mohapatra, however, declined to say if he would join any other party or will revive the OGP.

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