Bhubaneswar: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Monday dismissed Housing and Urban Development Minister Sarda Prasad Nayak, three days after sacking two ministers, for his alleged role in dissidence activities.

"I have forwarded a letter requesting the Governor of Odisha to dismiss Sarada Prasad Nayak, minister of state for housing and urban development department," Patnaik told reporters.

Pointing out that charges against Nayak were "more serious" than the "shadow of corruption", Patnaik said he had requested the Governor to allow him to retain the Housing and Urban Development Department while giving the excise department to finance minister Prafulla Ghadai.

Nayak was holding the excise department as an additional charge after A U Singhdeo resigned from the Cabinet after the hooch tragedy in February.

Patnaik, who had sacked two other ministers – Anjali Behera and Sanjeev Sahu – reportedly took the action after he was convinced that Nayak was among the people who hatched conspiracy to topple the government.

Nayak, according to a statement of a tribal MLA, had played a lead role in organising a meeting at a hotel in Rourkela, where a conspiracy was hatched to topple the government in absence of the chief minister, who was away on a official visit to the UK.


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