Minister says he respects Speaker, wants Pujari to act

 Under criticism from party leaders over his alleged adverse remark against Odisha Assembly Speaker Niranjan Pujari, BJD leader Damodar Rout on Tuesday sought to clarify that his comments were not against the Speaker.

NCSC pulls up Odisha minister, gets defamation threat

National Commission for Scheduled Caste (NCSC) directed Odisha government not to defend in court a state minister who made casteist remarks, while he threatened to file defamation against NCSC chief.

Odisha: Patnaik reshuffles ministry, drops five

Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik dropped five ministers and inducted nine in his council ministers.

`Apolitical` platform floated within BJD

Disgruntled BJD stalwart, Damodar Rout, who was dropped from the Naveen Patnaik cabinet floated a `non-political` platform within the party.

Orissa agriculture minister Damodar Rout resigns

Amid speculations about a possible ministry reshuffle in Orissa, agriculture minister Damodar Rout on Monday resigned after being asked by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik to do so.

Orissa agriculture minister gets bail

Orissa`s Agriculture minister Damodar Rout, accused of hurting sentiments of Dalits by uttering the word "Harijan", has been granted bail by a lower court at Kujang in Jagatsinghpur district.

Naveen intervenes in spat between MP and minister

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.

Dalits demand minister`s dismissal, arrest in Orissa

The Orissa Dalit Mahasabha on Thursday demanded immediate dismissal and arrest of senior minister Damodar Rout, accused of passing derogatory remarks against an MLA.