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Loss is entirely BJD's : Twitter reacts to Baijayant Panda's suspension

Many believe he will join BJP now.

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DNA Web Team

Updated: Jan 24, 2018, 10:43 PM IST

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With Biju Janata Dal (BJD) finally showing doors to Baijayant Panda, popularly known as Jai Panda, many Twitterati weighed in on the developing story. Panda is extremely well known on Twitter and has fans for his candid views on both sides of the political divide. Many said that it is just a matter of time before Panda joins BJP. Some said that Panda has lot of explaining to do regarding the allegations leveled by his party. But most believed that it is a big blow to BJD, as articulate Panda is its national face, 

Predictably, Panda took to Twitter to confirm the news that he has been suspended from BJD and also said that Odisha CM Navin Patnaik has been mislead. 

Here's how Twitter reacted:

Days after BJD MP Baijayant Panda took to social media to raise his voice against Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik, he has been suspended from the party. The charges against him range from indulging in anti-party activities to 'monopolistic utilisation' of MPLAD funds. Panda had said that there is an 'orchestrated campaign' to discredit him. 

Many political pundits believe that this decision was long time coming as Panda increasingly refused to tow Naveen Patnaik's line inside the party. Panda, who is extremely popular on Twitter often praised various schemes of the Modi government. He even faced violent protests from BJD workers lin May last year in Kendrapara when eggs were thrown at him. Panda however said at that time that he wil not be cowed down by such protests. 

Panda's next political move will be closely watched at a time when BJP is gaining traction in Odisha. The Assembly poll for the state is due next year.  Panda supported demonetization, hailed PM Modi's foreign speeches, said EVMs are tamper proof and even supported the concept of One Nation, One Election. In a way for long, he wasn't the quintessential opposition leader and perhaps that precipitated his fall in BJD. 

 

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