Bhubaneswar: Biju Janata Dal (BJD) MP Pyari Mohan Mohapatra on Wednesday dismissed reports of any split within the party and said that Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik continues to be the party leader. BJD MP Jay Panda also said that there was no rebellion within the BJD.
"We have had a lot of discussions earlier. There is no dissidence in the party. Grievances have increased because the party organisation is not looked after properly but the party is not heading for a split," Pyari Mohan said.
Pyari Mohan also said there was no reason due to which Patnaik needed to cut his UK trip short. "Naveen Patnaik will be the leader of the party. I don't know why is he cutting down his foreign trip. He should be asked," he said.
However, Pyari Mohan said that there was indiscipline in the party that needed to be checked. "This party has won every election because of the discipline which has been maintained. After a massive mandate given to some leaders, the organisation is not looked after to an extent to which should have been," he said.
"Since one and a half years I have been pointing out about the indiscipline in the party, but no actions were taken. I will not admit that CM Naveen Patnaik has failed as a leader of the party," he added.
There have been reports of a split within the BJD after Pyari Mohan called a meeting at his Bhubaneswar residence on Tuesday night where 25 MLAs and three ministers were present. Sources said that Pyari even made the MLAs sign a petition supporting him. But those who attended the meeting downplayed all talk of a revolt.
According to reports, Patnaik was also cutting short his first visit to London in ten years and rushing home.