Manmohan Samal speaking to reporters after tendering his resignation to Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik.
In a dramatic turnaround, ending all speculations, Orissa Revenue Minister Manmohan Samal on Wednesday evening tendered his resignation following a sex scandal allegation against him.
Samal, who is also BJP’s Deputy Leader in State Assembly, sent his resignation to Chief Minister Patnaik, which accepted, sources manning Naveen Niwas confirmed.
While speaking to reporters after submitting his resignation letter Mr Samal however pleaded innocence and told that he became victim of a well-hatched conspiracy.
“To keep the image of my party and BJD-BJP Government intact, I resigned,” an upset Samal told reporters. He however hinted to take legal action against, those who conspired sex scandal theory against him.
Embroiled in a sex scandal, Samal was lobbying hard to muster support from party colleagues to save his post, while a powerful section led by Balasore MP Kharvel Swain opposed to him, left no chance and worked overtime to convince central leadership that the minister must go.
From Rajnath Singh to Vinay Katiyar, no one came to the rescue of Samal while LK Advani did not allow him meet.
After returning from Delhi on Monday, he contacted several BJP MLAs soliciting their support for the proposed rally. However, response from many of them was not very enthusiastic as they were still skeptical about the decision of the party high command, sources said.
The Revenue Minister got a breather after national BJP general secretary in charge of Orissa Vinay Katiyar told media persons in Delhi that it was for Samal to decide whether to continue or not.
Earlier, the Opposition made Mr Samal’s sexual escapade an issue and sought his resignation. It stalled the current winter session of the Assembly consecutively for five days over this issue and even boycotted the minister’s reply on his departmental subjects.