Bhubaneswar: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today rubbished the speculation of a ministry reshuffle which had emerged after dismissal of Dr Damodar Rout from Council of Ministers as Agriculture & Farmers’ Empowerment Minister.
“There is no plan for a reshuffle yet,” Patnaik said to reporters on being asked about any possibility of the same.
Rout was yesterday sacked from the post for his alleged casteist remarks at a public function.
He was often in the news for his controversial remarks, the last being on Brahmins. The BJD stalwart in his speech at the Malyabanta Mahotsav in Malkangiri recently while drawing a comparison had said that Adivasis never beg even in any adverse situation while Brahmins beg for alms if the situation so demands.
This remark had sparked severe resentment among the Brahmins, who had demanded an apology from Rout while seeking his sacking by the Chief Minister.