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Naveen Patnaik expels Damodar Rout from BJD

Press Trust of India  |  Bhubaneswar 

and expelled MLA and former from the outfit on Wednesday on the charge of anti-party activities.

The action came after a large number of (BJD) workers met Patnaik at his residence on Tuesday and submitted a petition seeking disciplinary action against

"As per order of Naveen Patnaik, MLA Dr has been expelled from the party," said in a statement.

Rout was also accused of making anti-party statements and hobnobbing with the and leaders in district.

On his expulsion from the party, Rout said "I have nothing to be sad over the action. I do not think I exited in the party. I was not in any party post."

Rout also said that he was not aware of the reasons for his expulsion from the party

The seven-time MLA was embroiled in controversy since last week after raising three alleged scams to the embarrassment of the ruling BJD as well as the

While interacting with reporters, the veteran leader had alleged irregularities in sapling plantation, procurement of polythene sheets for Orissa State Cooperative Milk Producers' (OMFED), in and in health sector.

Earlier on Wednesday, Rout claimed that he never uttered a word against Patnaik and targeted only corrupt officers.

"I have not said anything against the The CM has a lot of exposure as he toured world wide. He is a and his book has been a best seller. He is also a He is not part of the allegations which I have made," he had told reporters.

"Some people working under the are guilty. They are indulging in such activities. Nobody is bringing it to public out of fear. I tried it," the former minister said referring to alleged corruption he had mentioned.

On December 22, 2017, Rout was removed as over a controversial statement about the Brahmin community.

He had been minister in the Cabinet in all the four terms from 2000. Since 1979, Rout had been in charge of more than 15 different departments during his long political innings after he became MLA for the first time in 1977.

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First Published: Wed, September 12 2018. 22:46 IST