On Wednesday, Rout said, “I felt that the BJP does not need me and does not require me to participate in its organisational activities. So I thought of quitting, but I will not join any other political party.”
“They had promised in the manifesto to make Puri the spiritual capital of the country. What is the roadmap? The first step could have been to give it an Iconic status. There is definite justification for (inclusion of) Konark Temple”, Lok Sabha leader Pinaki Misra said.