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.
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 Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik dropped five ministers and inducted nine in his council ministers.
Disgruntled BJD stalwart, Damodar Rout, who was dropped from the Naveen Patnaik cabinet floated a `non-political` platform within the party.
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`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.
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.
The Orissa Dalit Mahasabha on Thursday demanded immediate dismissal and arrest of senior minister Damodar Rout, accused of passing derogatory remarks against an MLA.
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