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Naveen sacks Damodar Rout from Council of Ministers

Damodar Rout
Bhubaneswar, December 22, 2017: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Friday expelled senior Minister Damodar Rout from the Council of Ministers for his derogatory remarks on Brahmins. 

Four days after he stirred controversy for his beggar remark on Brahmin community, Patnaik dismissed Agriculture Minister Damodar Rout from his Council of Ministers.

“I strongly disapprove of anyone who makes derogatory remarks against any caste, creed and religion. I have dismissed Dr Rout from the Council of Ministers. A letter has been sent to the Governor this evening for approval of his dismissal,” said Patnaik.

Naveen Patnaik
Known for his off-the-cuff remark, Rout faced flak from various quarters on December 18, while attending the Maybanta Mahatsoav in Malkangiri said that tribals never beg even in adverse situation; rather Brahmins beg for alms, if situation arises even at bus stand.

However, the statement of the BJD vice-president led to State-wide resentment among Brahmins and priest community. Several priest and Brahmin outfits, including the Odisha Vedic Brahmana Parishad and Mukti Mandap Brahmana Mahasabha in Puri also took to the streets demanding an apology from the BJD loudmouth and also demanded that the CM dismiss him from his Council of Ministers.

Seeing the situation going out of control, Rout through social media beg apology.

Recently, the BJD veteran also triggered controversy for questioning freedom fighter status to Jayee Rajguru and even disagreed with CM Naveen Patnaik who hailed Rajguru as the first Odia freedom fighter.

The BJD vice-president also brought embarrassment for the Chief Minister for his objectionable remarks against Anganwadi workers and a woman BJP leader.

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