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Suspended Odisha MP Baijayant Jay Panda Quits BJD, Writes Open Letter To Naveen Patnaik

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| May 28 , 2018 , 13:58 IST

Odisha MP Baijayant Jay Panda on Monday officially quit from the Biju Janata Dal party which had suspended him for 'anti-party activities' in January this year.

"It's with deep anguish, hurt and sorrow that I have decided to quit the politics into which our BJD has descended," Panda wrote in the letter which was shared on Twitter by his office.

In the letter addressed to Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, Panda specified that the BJD "plumbed the absolute depths of inhumanity" when nobody from the party including Patnaik turned up to pay last respects to his father Bansidhar Panda who died on May 22.

“I was heart-broken when several BJD colleagues conveyed that they had been restrained from coming by to pay their last respects to the departed soul. That the BJD doesn’t me anymore, and in fact wants me out, is now irrefutably clear," wrote Panda.

"I have stoically borne many humiliations over the past four years, but this is the last straw, it is now beyond my self-respect to continue to be associated with the party in an atmosphere as mean minded as this,” the 54-year-old Kendrapada MP wrote.

On January 24 this year, BJD Vice-President Suryanarayan Patro had confirmed the suspension of Panda from the ruling BJP for indulging in anti-party activities.

"Panda has been directly or indirectly indulging in activities aimed at weakening the BJD, whether it was in Parliament, state, constituency, or media space -- no opportunity was missed by Panda to criticise the BJD and eulogise the opposition," a BJD release said.

Panda had responded to the suspension by claiming there was a conspiracy against him.