Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Mar 24:
BJD vice-president and former Odisha minister AU Singhdeo today dismissed rumours that he had resigned as an MLA because he was unhappy with the manner in which he was forced to give up his Rajya Sabha seat.
“It is pure rumour,” he said.
On Sunday there were reports that Singhdeo had dashed off his resignation letter to the office of the Speaker of the Assembly on Saturday. The ‘rumour’ gained credence because the secretary and legal officer of the Assembly had rushed to Boudh to meet Speaker Pradip Amat who is camping there.
While the Assembly officials confirmed they had visited Boudh, they said their meeting with the Speaker was in connection with an ‘official matter’.
There were also unconfirmed reports that the Speaker had discussed Singhdeo’s resignation issue with Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik over phone. However, reports said, Singhdeo agreed to withdraw his resignation letter after both Naveen Patnaik and the Speaker persuaded him against the idea.
Talking to OST on Monday morning, AU Singhdeo said there was absolutely no truth in such rumours and that he had not resigned.
” I have not resigned. I do not know who circulated such rumours. I am busy campaigning although I am suffering from kidney-related health complications,” the senior BJD leader said.
Only recently, Singhdeo was asked by BJD chief Naveen Patnaik to give up his Rajya Sabha membership even before he could assume the position and fight as the party candidate from his old Assembly seat Bolangir. His son and MP Kalikesh Narayan Singhdeo is contesting from the Bolangir Lok Sabha seat which he had won in 2009.