Days after a BJD MP and a former legislator accused an officer at Odisha CM's office of interfering in ruling party's affairs another ex-MLA of the BJD and opposition leaders today again slammed the bureaucrat.
"The BJD is not functioning properly. There is some problem somewhere in the party. Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik remains in the dark on many issues," former BJD MLA from Dhenkanal, Nabin Nanda, told reporters.
Stating that steps should be taken to resolve the issue, the former MLA claimed that some leaders in the BJD are unhappy.
If the present state of affairs continue, it would affect the party, he claimed.
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.
Such a situation happened as the chief minister heavily depends on the officer for everything, he claimed.
BJD's Kendrapara MP Baijayant Panda 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".
Senior BJP leader 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 Rama Ranjan Baliarsingh had alleged that Chief Minister and party president Naveen Patnaik has "become a puppet" in the hands of an officer.
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