‘In last 12 years, he
couldn’t even learn Odia language for which he faced criticism from his sister
Gita Mehta,’ said Mohapatra adding that ‘Naveen couldn’t work upto the dreams of
Biju Patnaik but shattered the dreams of Biju Babu by closing down Orissa
Textile Mills (OTM) which was once the identity of Odisha in Indian textile
Mohapatra and other leaders of the forum, who shared
dais with him, also said that Naveen Patnaik has not fulfilled any of
the promises the party made in its manifesto during 2009 elections.
‘Chief Minister badly failed in addressing the problem of unemployment.
Instead, many earning members became jobless because of closure of
industries like OTM,’ said Pyari Mohan Mohapatra.
While questioning Naveen Patnaik’s regards for the
party constitution, Mohapatra said that ‘He (Naveen) has not even
bothered to call a meeting of the party executive body and validate his
Pyari Mohan even held Naveen Patnaik guilty in the
coalgate scam saying that ‘he (Naveen) has made a deal with Congress at
the centre to escape the wrath of investigation.’
Chief Minister and leader of BJD, Naveen Patnaik –
who suspended Pyari Mohan and some of his supporters for the alleged
coup attempt on May 29 this year – rubbished all the allegations before
he left for Delhi.
Most of the issues raised by Pyari Mohan are not new.
But raising them in a forum that claims itself to be very much a part of
BJD means different.
First, with the size of crowd it attracted, the rally
can not be ignored by Naveen Patnaik and his supporters in the BJD
party. Second, the party and its leaders may have to struggle hard to
come out of the fear of a split, which seems quite evident sooner rather
than later because OJM leader has announced in the rally to gather 25
lakhs of members in coming 4-5 months. The rally would also encourage
more members in the party to raise voice against the leadership in case
of any kind of injustice or negligence.
Though, at the moment, it's difficult to
say what benefits are going to be reaped by Pyari and his Odisha Jana
Morcha, growing dissidence and a split in the party may drive the party and Naveen Pattnaik to the fate of his father Biju Patnaik in the 1995
elections. The impacts of OJM in Odisha politics would, however, become
a little clear in the urban elections to be held in early 2013.