Naveen loyalists express satisfaction over Pyarimohan’s expulsion

The possibility of coming together of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and Rajya Sabha Member Pyarimohan Mohapatra in the future ended when the latter was expelled from the ruling Biju Janata Dal on Friday.

The expulsion of Mr. Mohapatra and Jagneswar from the BJD also made it clear that Odisha Janmorcha, the outfit that Mr. Mohapatra launched recently would emerge as yet another rival of the ruling party in the coming months.

The removal of Mr. Mohapatra came after Chief Minister’s loyalists kept on demanding for his expulsion in the wake of his concerted campaign against Mr. Patnaik’s leadership in the recent weeks.

Meanwhile, Mr. Patnaik’s loyalists expressed satisfaction that the party would function in a better way following Mr. Mohapatra’s expulsion. But political analysts were of the view that Mr. Mohapatra, who played a key role in strengthening the BJD’s organisation in the past, could pose a potential threat to the ruling party when elections would be held in all the 100-odd urban local bodies of the State next year and Lok Sabha and Assembly polls in 2014.

Mr. Mohapatra’s Janmorcha started gaining popularity during the past few weeks with many disgruntled BJD workers and leaders joining it with the sole aim of challenging Mr. Patnaik as president of the ruling party.

The leaders and workers of different parties too had started joining the Janmorcha with the hope that the outfit might emerge as a powerful regional party to challenge the BJD in the coming years since no other regional party has been successful in challenging the ruling party so far.

On the other hand, the Janmorcha is likely to intensify its campaign against the BJD leadership as it decided to organise a series of Kranti Samavesh rallies in different regions of the State.

Mr. Mohapatra is likely to go against the BJD leadership with full force as the party has also decided that the decision on his expulsion will be communicated to the Rajya Sabha so that he will be asked to resign since he had been elected to the upper house as a nominee of the BJD.