In the meantime Pyari Mohan has started a forum named Odisha
Jana Morcha (OJM) as an institution to fight for bringing back internal
democracy in BJD. OJM has also organised a rally in Bhubaneswar to show its
strength and has planned to stage more of such kind in different other parts of
But Pyari’s idea of internal democracy seems to be a stunt to
most of the BJD leaders of Odisha who are still in BJD and are loyal
to Naveen Patnaik. To most like BJD vice-president Dr Damodar Rout,
party’s international democracy was in a state of disarray only when
Mohapatra was in BJD and exploiting his relationship with Naveen
Patnaik. Even, while talking on local TV channel, Dr Rout said that
he had to execute some of the uncomfortable orders of Mohapatra and
showed the doors out of the party to a few of his colleagues. So, it
was Pyari Mohan only who not only destroyed internal democracy in
BJD but misused the trust of Naveen Patnaik on him, said Dr Rout.
Also, while talking to media persons after his suspension, Pyari
told that he was like a fort around Naveen to protect him from the
evils in the party. This clearly meant that Pyari hindered the
convergence between Naveen and other party leaders which was against
the spirit of democracy in the party.
Most of the political observers are of a similar opinion. They
believe, if internal democracy is not there in BJD, it’s because of
Pyari who kept Naveen Patnaik unreachable for most other leaders.
So, Pyari has fallen in his own trap and his sermon about internal
democracy is just because of the discourteous suspension and
expulsion from BJD where he used to exercise highest power at one
point of time.
The tug-of-war between Pyari Mohan and the so called Naveen
loyalists is on. Each tries to place the other at fault. In the
fight for discipline at both the end, what looks evident is a split
in BJD that would, by and large, benefit the opposition parties.