Bhuabneswar, Apr 12 UNI | 3 months ago

Biju Janata Dal(BJD) supremo and Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today suspended party MP Rudra Madhav Ray for indulging in anti party activities.

Mr Ray, a sitting MP from Kandhmal, was this time denied party ticket to seek reelection from Kondhmal Lok Sabha seat. He was replaced by Mr Hemendra Singh, who had quit the Congress and joined the party last month.

BJD sources said ever since Mr Ray was denied party ticket he was not taking any interest in the electioneering and morever, he was not happy over the selection of Mr Singh for Kandhmal Lok Sabha seat and also party candidates for some Assembly seats under his Parliamentary constituency.

Kandhmal Lok Sabha seat went to the poll in the first phase on April 10 along with nine other Lok sabha seat and 70 Assembly seats in the state.

Interestingly, Mr Ray was suspended from the party two days after the election was over and the Kandhmal district registered a high turn out of voters(73.15 per cent), almost a rise of eight per cent of votes in compare to the 2009 elections.

Before being elected to Kandhmal Lok Sabha in 2009, Mr Ray was elected to Daspalla Assembly seat as Janata dal candidate in 1995 and 2000 Assembly elections.

He subsequently unsuccessfully contested the Daspalla seat in 2000 and 2004 Assembly elections as an Independent candidate. Mr Ray joined the Odisha Gana Parishad(OGP), a regional political party floated by former minister Bijaya Mohapatra, arch rival of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik but later quit the party and joined the BJD.

(Posted on 12-04-2014)