Two Odisha BJP leaders including MLA Dilip Ray resign, tell Amit Shah they are not prepared to be treated as furniture in party


Two BJP national executive members including an MLA from Odisha on Friday resigned from the party while accusing the leadership of treating senior leaders as office furniture.

In an explosive letter to BJP President Amit Shah, two leaders Dilip Ray and Bijoy Mohapatra said that they could not be treated like office furniture while questioning the democracy in the party. The said that ‘certain egocentric self servicing individuals’ within the BJP had resorted to ‘dirty tricks’ soon after they sent their suggestions to Shah.

“As self-respecting politicians with decades of service to Odisha, we refuse to continue in the party as showpieces. We can’t be treated as furniture in the party while the rootless talk big and project a larger than life image,” the letter, tweeted by Ray, read.

Dilip Ray, who is an MLA from Rourkela Assembly constituency, also resigned from the assembly. Their letter added, “For us, the interest of the state is supreme. We have never ever compromised our self respect or the interest of the state for any post, power or ticket,” they said, adding that such silence was a bad sign for any democracy.”

Ray later tweeted, “Called on the Hon’ble Speaker of Odisha Legislative Assembly today morning and tendered resignation of my seat in the assembly from Rourkela constituency.”

Describing defeat of the party with a margin of 40,000 votes at Bijepur bypoll a “shocker”, they said this reflected the “disenchantment” of the people with the BJP because of the manner in which the party was functioning.

Roy said that he had hoped for development works for Rourkela and had promised to fulfill the long-ignored dream and aspirations of the people who had reposed their faith in him since he trusted the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

“Now, I acknowledge my failure in living up to their expectations and therefore, taking the moral responsibility, I have decided to quit as the member of the state Legislative Assembly as well as from the membership of BJP,” Roy said.

The development is a huge jolt to BJP’s plans for both 2019 Lok Sabha polls and the assembly elections to be followed soon after. The saffron party was hoping to dislodge the state government headed by the BJD. However, Friday’s development will considerably damage its future electoral ambitions in the eastern coastal state of India.