Bhubaneswar: Orissa Chief Minister Naveen
Patnaik`s assertion that he takes all the decisions on his own
on Monday failed to convince disgruntled party leaders who claimed
that the real power centre lies elsewhere.
"Chief minister`s claim on the real power centre issue
is not sufficient. His (Patnaik) words should be reflected in
the action," party vice-president and former minister Damodar
Rout told reporters a day after Patnaik claimed that all
decisions were taken by him and nobody else.
Rout, who on May 9 was dropped from the ministry,
raised the real power centre issue in the ruling party by
alleging that chief minister was implementing agenda of party
MP Pyari Mohan Mohapatra instead of taking his own decision.
"Pyari is the real power centre while Naveen is only
an executor," Rout had said surprising many in the ruling
party and in the government.
Over the chief minister`s clarification, Rout said, "I
am happy that Naveen is the real power centre. He has also
claimed to be taking all decisions. Therefore, he should be
held responsible for wrong decisions also".
While Rout wanted Patnaik to act instead of claiming
that he takes his decisions, another disgruntled MLA and
former minister Debashis Nayak said "People know the reality.
They know who takes decisions and who implements them".
Both had been raising the real power centre issue ever
since Patnaik reshuffled his ministry. While Rout was dropped
from the ministry, Nayak was suspended from the party for
alleged anti-party activities.
Nayak faced action for suggesting Patnaik to "function
Reacting to Patnaik`s statement, Nayak said, "It is
unfortunate that chief minister and president of a regional
party has to clarify that he is the real power centre.It is
enough to judge about happenings in the ruling party".
Rout, who feared action for his utterance, said he
would continue to remain in active politics even if he was
sacked from the regional outfit.
"I have been in politics for four decades and a
five-time minister. I have no regret. I will be in active
politics as long as I live," Rout said replying a question
about his future in the ruling party.