Bhubaneswar, March 24 (LocalWire): BJP leader Subash Chauhan has turned down an offer to become a vice-president of the state unit after he was reprimanded for suggesting Union minister Dharmendra Pradhan to contest against CM Naveen Patnaik in Bijepur, a media report said on Monday.
“Since the chief minister is contesting from the seat, only a strong leader like Dharmendra could have given him a good fight,” he was quoted as saying.
According to Odishabytes.com, the disrespectful treatment meted out to him prompted him to turn down the VP post, as well as not to contest elections this year.
The former Bajrang Dal national convener conveyed his decision to state unit president Basanta Panda.
Chauhan alleged that he was scorned at and asked to leave the party for suggesting Pradhan’s name for Bijepur seat.
Odisha BJP on Saturday had named Chauhan, Kandhamal MP Pratyusha Rajeswari Singh and spokesperson Pitambar Acharya as party vice-presidents.
Chauhan was reportedly also upset for ignoring him and nominating Suresh Pujari from Bargarh. He alleged that “People are unhappy over candidate selection, but they have been silenced through threats.”