**Bhubaneswar:** A tweet from suspended BJD MP Baijayant Jay Panda has again created ripples in Odisha political circle. He tweeted:
It seems the powers that be have managed to wean away a key aide of mine, sm1 I’ve groomed for a decade from student politics to a sr position on my political team & now w/statewide recognition. He will apparently hold a press conference this afternoon to denounce me. Tathaastu????
— Baijayant Jay Panda (@PandaJay) April 17, 2018
Few hours later, Debasish Mallick, a close aide of Jay Panda levelled allegations on the Kendrapada MP claiming him to be pro-BJP of late.
“As he was not recommended for the appointment as the member of Parliamentary Finance Committee by CM Naveen Patnaik, he got involved in anti-party activities during Panchayat and Bijepur by-polls. Further, he spread rumours about CM’s health and is now targeting the 3rd Floor for his own vested business interests. The whole thing hurts my conscience so, I decided to part ways with him,” said Debashis Mallick in the press meet.
On the contrary, Jyoti Prakash Ghosh, the political secretary to MP Jay Panda refuted the allegations.
According to Ghosh, “Such allegations are totally false and fabricated and there is no truth in it. MP Panda has been nurturing him politically for the last 10-12 years. It is really unfortunate that he has levelled such allegations. Under whose directions and instructions he has been doing this will be exposed very soon.”
Notably, BJD supremo and Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik suspended Kendrapada MP Baijayant Panda from the primary membership of the BJD party for ‘anti party activities’ in January.
Senior BJD leaders have been alleging that Mr Panda had been trying to weaken the regional party as he was not allowed to become the head of the Lok Sabha’s Standing Committee on Finance after the 2014 elections.
Since then, the rebel MP had not campaigned for the BJD nominees nor in the Panchayat elections last year and openly supported BJP and their ideologies, alleged BJD leaders.
It is worth mentioning that Jay Panda is the vice-president of IMFA, India’s largest, fully integrated producer of ferro alloys and is also a media baron.
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