Bhubaneswar, June 1: After leaving the Congress, former Odisha chief minister Giridhar Gamang is now sitting relaxed but with lots of assumptions. The political pundits are keeping a vigil eye on his movement that what will be next move of this veteran tribal leader.
All the political parties are keeping interest to involve him in their parties because of his popularity in southern Odisha and his influence on the voters.
Yesterday, BJD Minister Damodar Rout made it clear that the party is not against Gamang, hinting at the clear and open path for the leader in the party.
However, Sisir Gamang, son of Giridhar Gamang, has been talking that his father will chose a national party if approach comes. Recently, talking to media, he had said that no one is untouchable in politics, talking on the context of his future move to join BJP, the only national party in India after Congress.
However, if the past record will be reviewed, Gamang did not have a good relation with the saffron party. Because of him, the NDA government led by AB Vajpayee was dissolved and the country had to bear a big burden following lok sabha elections twice in a year.
If the BJP pays respect to Vajpayee, it will never invite Gamang to be in the party. But nothing is clear and uncertain is politics. For tribal vote bank, the BJP may welcome his joining in the party.
This is high time the BJP and BJD to play politics and take decision whether Gamang should be invited to their parties.
Notably, last year, Hema Gamang, wife of Gamang, joined BJD and contested the assembly polls on its ticket. However, she lost the election. But this is clear that there will be no resistance from the party workers to his entry into the party.
- By Chinmayee Dash
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