Former Remuna MLA Sudarshan Jena Quits BJD

Bhubaneswar: Former Remuna MLA Sudarshan Jena has made headlines today by tendering his resignation from the Biju Janata Dal (BJD). Jena, a prominent figure in Balasore politics, officially announced his departure from the ruling party during a press conference held in Balasore.

Having represented the Remuna constituency in the Odisha Assembly since 2009, Jena cited reasons for his resignation, attributing it to what he perceived as a lack of recognition and inclusion within the BJD leadership. He expressed disillusionment, stating, “Despite my dedicated service to the BJD over the years and the mandate given to me by the people of Remuna, certain elements conspired to sideline me within the party.”

Jena also voiced concerns about the direction of the BJD, alleging an increasing dominance of bureaucracy within the party. “There seems to be a growing disconnect between the party leadership and its grassroots workers. Even access to the Chief Minister is restricted for party members,” he remarked.

Furthermore, Jena raised apprehensions about the BJD’s alleged alignment with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), accusing the latter of propagating communalism. He warned that such an alliance could compromise the BJD’s secular stance, potentially relegating it to being a subordinate entity to the BJP.

Regarding his future plans, the former MLA hinted at joining a national party aligned with secular principles. He emphasized his commitment to upholding secularism in the country, suggesting a strategic shift in his political affiliation.

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