Subhas Chandra Pattanayak
Active individuals in Orissa politics are eager to join BJP in the context of Election 2009.
Repentant for having spent so much energy for a party that has turned into a body of Sonia factotums and a launching pad of American interest, Sri Tara Prasad Bahinipati, who was markedly the most vociferous member of Congress in the outgoing Orissa Assembly, has resigned from its primary membership and has joined the BJP.
Uma Ballav Rath, the lone crusader against Navin misrule in the district of Puri is leaving Congress in protest against factotumism. BJP being a party run on internal democracy, he is trying to make his tryst with it.
Amongst all political activists of Orissa Bijay Mohapatra is a noted name, who, despite being a founder member of BJD, was dismissed by Navin simply because he had refused to accept Navin Patnaik’s personal hegemony over the collective body. He has joined BJP after his party NCP allied with Navin.
Ms. Archana Nayak, who was a BJD Member of Parliament in the outgoing Loksabha and known from her student days as a person dedicated to the cause she takes up, has joined BJP.
The list is long and rising.
But note worthy is, when politicians with a sense of self-respect are resigning from Congress and BJD is trying to catch as much of them as possible but getting only the sophomores, seasoned politicians and veterans of hustings are joining only the BJP.
Communists have become such a laughing stuff after seeking refuge under the POSCO pillar Navin Patnaik that not a single political fellow worth mention is even looking at them.
This is worrisome for the progressive peoples; but in context of election 2009, this is the realty.