BJD has only one power centre: Naveen

Breaking his silence on allegation of second power centre in ruling BJD raised by a disgruntled party leader, Orissa CM Naveen Patnaik refuted the charge saying there is no other power centre and all decisions are taken by him.

Last Updated: Jun 05, 2011, 17:34 PM IST

Bhubaneshwar: Breaking his silence on
allegation of second power centre in ruling BJD raised by a
disgruntled party leader, Orissa Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Sunday refuted the charge saying there is no other power centre
and all decisions are taken by him.

"There is no other power centre," BJD supremo Patnaik
said, a day after party leader Damodar Rout raised for the
second time in a week the issue of "real power centre" in the
ruling party as well as the government.
"The decisions are made by me and taken by me," the
chief minister said.

Rout, who was dropped from the Naveen ministry on May
9, had said in a statement yesterday that the chief minister
was yet to make it clear that he is the only power centre in
BJD and takes decision on his own.
Rout had earlier alleged that the chief minister was
implementing agenda of party MP Pyari Mohan Mohapatra instead
of taking own decision.

"Pyari is the real power centre while Naveen only an
executor," Rout had said.

Denying the allegation, Mohapatra told reporters that
there is only one power centre - the chief minister, who is
also the president of the ruling BJD.

There is no scope or need for having a second power
centre, he said.

Rout had said yesterday: "The person who is working as
the second power centre has also not yet denied the allegation
made by me."

On the second power centre, Rout said it was like
cancer. "The second power centre in a regional party gives
birth to corruption, nepotism, appeasement and anti-people
activities," he had said.

PTI