Naveen intervenes in spat between MP and minister
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Last Updated: Friday, November 12, 2010, 00:35
Bhubaneswar: Orissa Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today intervened in a spat between between Agriculture minister Damodar Rout and party MP both of whom are said to be close to him.

"I will look into the matter. That's all I have to say for the time being," Patnaik told reporters here. Both Rout who served in the cabinet of legendary Biju Patnaik, the father of Naveen Patnaik and Mohapatra have been key advisor to the Chief Minister for the last decade.

The spat sparked off when Mohapatra announced last week that the chief minister would appraise the performance of ministers on the basis of competence for continuance in the ministry.

Without naming Mohapatra, Rout yesterday said "the performance of a minister can only be appraised by the chief minister and the people of the state. No third person has any business on the subject."

Mohapatra said, "many in the past have questioned my position in the party and also criticised me. Whoever works in an organisation is bound to ruffle some feathers."

To this Rout retorted "that does not mean he should be projected as a power centre and other leaders treated as inconsequential."

Stating that there could not be two power centres in the BJD, Rout said leadership should be 'absolute' in a regional party.

"It is the Chief Minister's prerogative to assess the performance of ministers and none else has the power, the Rout said.


First Published: Friday, November 12, 2010, 00:35

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