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CM Naveen rules out reshuffle of State Cabinet

Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today ruled out the talks on reshuffle of his Cabinet following the dismissal of Dr Damodar Rout from the Council of Ministers for his casteist remarks on Brahmin community that created furore in the State.

When asked about any plan for reshuffle of his Cabinet, Patnaik rubbished it saying there was no such plan now.

On Friday evening, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik dismissed Rout from the Council of Ministers saying he strongly disapprove anyone who makes derogatory remarks against any cast, creed or religion.

Known for his off-the-cuff remarks, Rout, during the Malyabanta function in Malkangiri on December 18 had said tribals never beg even in adverse situation; rather Brahmins beg for alms, if situation arises.

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