Today, senior leader and former minister Damodar Raut has resigned from the Bharatiya Janata Party. Damodar Raut joined BJP just before the general election. The Biju Janata Dal expelled him from the party for his anti-party remarks. After this, he went to New Delhi and joined the Bharatiya Janata Party, he has sent his resignation letter to the state BJP president Basant Panda. After resigning, Damodar Raut said while talking to the media that the party was not giving us any responsibility. I was not being involved in any type of strategy program. I thought the BJP might not need me.
Apart from this, he said that it was not appropriate for me to remain in the party in this type of situation. In such a situation, I have resigned from the party today. I have no complaint with the party leadership. Raut said that now I will not join any party. I have been an MLA for 35 years in my political career and have been a cabinet minister 6 times, in such a situation that has arisen today forced me to resign from active politics. However, Raut said that following the ideal of late Biju Patnaik, I will continue to work creatively for the benefit of the people of the state.
For the last few days, Damodar Raut was angry with the BJP. His name was not included in the BJP's star campaign list in Vijaypur by-election, which further aggravated his resentment and he resigned today.