Bhubaneswar,October 16(LocalWire):Veteran politician Damodar Rout, who served as a lawmaker for 35 years and shouldered the responsibility of cabinet minister for seven times, today announced his retirement from active politics and resigned from the primary membership of BJP.
Rout, in a letter addressed to BJP state president Basant Kumar Panda, expressed his displeasure over the saffron party ignoring him in party affairs.
I was “dismayed” over the BJP state leadership not utilising his vast experience, Rout said .
“I was not being involved in party activities ahead of the Bijepur Assembly by-poll in Odisha on October 21”, Rout, who had joined the BJP in March after being expelled from the ruling BJD, stated.
I was expelled from the BJD in September 2018 for raising the issue of corruption against the then government.
“I feel that the party does not require my involvement in its political programmes and policy-making process after the general elections. This has hurt me,” Rout said.
I was being forced to retire from active politics as I have become irreverent in the party.
Rout, who fought from Balikuda-Ersama Assembly constituency on BJP ticket, had lost the polls.
Rout, a close acolyte of late Biju Patnaik, said “he has decided to work for the people on the ideology of the late Biju Patnaik. Therefore, he would prefer to resign from the primary membership of the BJP”.