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Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar/Koraput, Mar 12:

Former MP and Biju Janata Dal (BJD) Koraput district president Jayaram Pangi has been suspended from the party.

Pangi was suspended from the BJD by party president Naveen Patnaik this evening on charges of anti-party activities. The former MP’s suspension from the party was informed to media persons by BJD MLA Bhubaneswar (North) Priyadarshi Mishra.

“I haven’t done anything that is anti-party activity. Some of my party leaders have conspired against me. I accept my party president’s orders with all humility,” said Pangi in his reactions over his suspension from the BJD.

Earlier in the day, Pangi’s supporters and former BJD Minister Rabi Narayan Nanda had openly clashed over the election of Koraput Zilla Parishad Chairman.

Pangi’s supporters openly threatened Nanda while some shouted slogans against party supremo Naveen Patnaik some burnt the party flag.

Pangi even alleged that the name of Dumuri Khila for the post of Zilla Parishad Chairman was changed in the last moment. He held party MPs Jhinna Hikaka and Bhaskar Rao and Energy Minister Pranab Prakash Das for it.

“It’s Bhaskar Rao’s money that has worked. It is his money which has played spoilsport. He could have influenced the observer. Mainly I will hold our Energy Minister and Tejeshwar Parida responsible for this. If the party crumbles in the district in the coming days, it is only they who will be responsible,” Pangi had told reporters after BJD men clashed with each other.

Interestingly, Pangi in his capacity as the party’s district president had suspended Zilla Parishad member Dumuri Khila from the party for abstaining from voting for the party’s Zilla Parishad candidate for the Chairman post despite a whip from the party president.