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Senior BJP MLA Jayanarayan Explains Why He Wasn’t Made Odisha Leader Of Opposition

12 July 2019

Debashish Maharana

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Bhubaneswar: Senior BJP MLA Jayanarayan Mishra today aired his grievances and disenchantment for not being the Leader of Opposition in the Odisha Assembly and hinted that it has been unfair to him as he has sacrificed a lot for the party.   

Despite the general feeling that Samablpur MLA and senior BJP leader Jayanarayan Mishra would have been the Leader of Opposition of Odisha as the party has this time been accorded the status of main opposition in place of Congress due to less number of legislators elected, Bhawanipatna MLA and another senior party leader Pradipta Kumar Naik has been the Leader of Opposition.  

In his media reactions on the Assembly premises today, Jayanarayan Mishra claimed, “Our party observer had come and collected views and opinions from here. The MLAs had informed me that they had recommended only one name, that was mine.”

Stating, “I never indulge in lobbying. The central party leaders can better answer on my case why the decision changed later,” he rued, “Everybody had assumed me as the Leader of Opposition and I had also already prepared myself in that role.”

“I have been fighting elections since 1990 in BJP ticket. I have never lobbied for ticket till date. I am being counted as a pretty old BJP member. I have worked for the party. Case has even been booked for my fight for the party. I have also gone to jail for the sake of party. I have sacrificed like anything for the sake of our party,” Jayanarayan miffed.     

On the contrary, senior BJP MLA and Leader of Opposition Pradipta Kumar Naik reacted, “He was also in choice, I was also. The leaders can better explain whom they preferred. If the party feels that a particular person can perform better and has taken decision accordingly, there isn’t any problem. There is no need for lamenting over the matter repeatedly.”

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Jayanarayan Mishra, Senior BJP MLA

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Pradipta Kumar Naik, Leader of Opposition, Odisha