Bhubaneswar: Amid reports of growing rebellion in the ruling Biju Janta Dal (BJD), Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik will on Friday meet the leaders of his party to solve the ongoing dissident crisis.

Naveen, who reached Bhubaneswar on Thursday after returing from the UK, talking to reporters, said, “Right decision will be taken at right time."

He, however, evaded questions on Rajya Sabha member Pyari Mohan Mohapatra allegedly attempting to dethrone him during his absence.

Meanwhile, thousands of BJD workers and leaders on Thursday welcomed Patnaik when he arrived in the state capital after a trip to Britain. Patnaik's return was anxiously awaited by the party workers in the wake of the alleged rebellion by a section of BJD legislators, led by Mohapatra.

Patnaik said he will be meeting legislators, Parliament members and senior leaders of his BJD this morning and will take appropriate decision on the alleged rebellion at right time. State ministers, legislators and Members of Parliament greeted Patnaik with flowers as soon as he came out of the airport. People were also waiting for him at his official residence.

Patnaik's loyalists had alleged that Mohapatra on Tuesday night held a meeting with a large number of legislators at his residence with an aim to destabilise the Chief Minister.

They said Mohapatra aborted the move after realising that he did not have the required numbers in his favour. Mohapatra, who had been an advisor to the chief minister, however denied the allegations and said the legislators met him because they were unhappy with the party's activities.

JPN/ Agencies

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