Bhubaneswar: Marking the end of a 45-year-long political career, BJP leader and former Odisha minister Damodar Rout today announced his retirement from electoral politics.
Rout, however, said that he will continue to remain in touch with the people after retirement and work towards their welfare.
The veteran politician’s decision came after his name was not enlisted in the list of star campaigners of the BJP for the Bijepur by-poll.
Expressing resentment, the former Paradip MLA said, “No one from the BJP held discussion with me over the Bijepur by-poll”.
Notably, Rout was expelled from the BJD in September last year for allegedly making anti-party statements.
He later joined the BJP in March this year before the Assembly Elections in the state and unsuccessfully contested the election.