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Ex-BJD MLA slams officer for interfering in party affairs

Press Trust of India  |  Bhubaneswar 

Days after a MP and a former accused an at CM's office of interfering in ruling party's affairs another ex-of the and opposition leaders today again slammed the bureaucrat.

"The is not functioning properly. There is some problem somewhere in the party. remains in the dark on many issues," former BJD from Dhenkanal, Nabin Nanda, told reporters.

Regarding the in the CMO, Nanda said it is natural for an working with the to give suggestions, but his advice should not be allowed to affect and harm the party.

Stating that steps should be taken to resolve the issue, the former claimed that some leaders in the BJD are unhappy.

If the present state of affairs continue, it would affect the party, he claimed.

Reacting to Nanda's statement, senior BJD and state Food Supplies Minister S N Patro said the former MLA was no longer in the party and the is capable of taking decisions.

BJD said the ruling party is fully united and there is no problem in the organisation.

Senior said the officer is supposed to confine his role to administrative sphere.

However, if the chief minister turns out to be 'weak' and is unable to take decisions, his officer would try to take advantage, he said.

Senior BJP alleged that all powers are concentrated with the officer and even cabinet ministers are made to bow before him.

Such a situation happened as the chief minister heavily depends on the officer for everything, he claimed.

BJD's Kendrapara MP and former Satyabadi MLA Rama Ranjan Baliarsingh, on January 11, had accused an officer in the CMO of interfering in political affairs.

The BJD had hit back at Panda and charged him with "speaking the BJP's language".

and Union minister Dharmendra Pradhan had yesterday claimed that infighting in the ruling BJD had now come to the forefront and people will throw it out of power.

Announcing his decision to quit the party, BJD leader and former MLA had alleged that Chief Minister and party president has "become a puppet" in the hands of an officer.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Sun, January 14 2018. 22:25 IST
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