Odisha minister removed; derogatory remarks against Brahmins being cited as reason
In wake of what is being alleged to be ‘derogatory remarks’ made by one of his minister Damodar Rout, Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik took the step of sacking him from his cabinet.
Incidentally the leader Damodar Rout is also the vice-President of Biju Janata Dal, ruling party of Odisha.
The remarks were against the Brahmin community.
Rout’s dismissal was also conveyed to the Governor of Odisha.
Rout was not immediately available for comment as he was away in his constituency. The removal of the minister followed state-wide protests by Brahmins against the “derogatory” and controversial remarks he had made about the community at a function in Malkangiri on 17 December.
The senior politician is reported to have said that while tribals are not seen begging, one can spot Brahmins resorting to begging in public places.
The remarks of the 75-year-old leader triggered sharp reaction across the state and members of the Brahmin community were up in arms demanding his immediate removal from the Council of Ministers and an unconditional apology.
It need be mentioned that Brahmins constitute about nine percent of the Odisha’s population. >