Kendrapara, Dec 1 (LocalWire): Senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader and former minister Bijoy Mohapatra’s sudden resignation from the party alleging negligence by his national collegues, has evoked a mixed reaction at his home turf in Kendrapara district.
Many of Bijoy’s supporters welcomes his decision.
Ganesh Samal a Zilla Parisada member of BJP in Patkura, said: “Bijoy Mohapatra was humiliated by many senior BJP leaders; he rightly resigned from the BJP.”
“Bijoy is a popular leader in Kendrapara district; he has done many developmental works here when he was a minister under Chief Minister Biju Patnaik.”
When contacted, BJP district unit president Dyurodhan Sahoo said: “Bijoy is an arrogant person. He was a liability for BJP; we are happy after his resignation.”
“I had written to state president and national president in June and urged them to suspend Bijoy Mohapatra as the national executive member for his anti-party works. He has no base in the district. He suffered a humiliating defeat at the hands of BJD candidate Atanu Sabyasachi Nayak from Mahakalapada assembly seat in 2014,” said Sahoo.
“Bijoy is a power hungry man. Now he is trying to join the BJD by kowtowing before Naveen,” he added.
Meanwhile, Damodar Mallick of Patkura said: “Bijoy is one of the finest politicians and a potential chief minister. He was a victim of political conspiracy. He rightly resigned from the BJP.”