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Congress worst sufferer of defection spree in State

| | BHUBANESWAR | in Bhubaneswar

The Congress seems to be the worst sufferer of the ongoing defecting-and-joining spree of dissident leaders ahead of the 2019 general elections.

While many former MLAs and senior leaders have already quit the party and joined either the BJP or the BJD, another senior leader and former Bhawanipatna MLA Dushmant Naik has announced to quit the party soon. He said he has been forced to do so as some backstabbers are troubling him.

“I was working for the betterment of Bhawanipatna, but some people in the party backstabbed me,” Naik said. However, he did not name the party which he would join.

Sources said Naik is unhappy with the top leaders of the Pradesh Congress Committee (PCC) and is likely to join the BJD.

Meanwhile, many leaders opposed to PCC president Prasad Harichandan have decided to take up the matter with the party high command in New Delhi.

“Our party has some Shani, Rahu and Ketu grahas. While many have quit, some are still there. When the party will be cleared of these troubling elements, we will regain our strength in the State,” Jeypore MLA Tara Prasad Bahinipati told reporters when asked to comment on Dushmant’s decision. .

Earlier he had stated that there should be immediate changes in the PCC leadership and existing rank and file.

Meanwhile, MLAs Prafulla Majhi and Jogesh Singh have demanded a change in the State leadership and have sought time from party vice-President Rahul Gandhi, who is currently on a visit to Italy.

A couple of days’ back Nabarangpur Zilla Parishad former Chairperson and senior Congress leader Manjula Majhi had joined the BJD citing ‘infighting’ as the main reason behind her decision.

Similarly, Congress’s Niali MLA candidate Chhabi Mallick and Ali’s two-time former MLA Dolagobinda Nayak joined the BJP recently.

Under this backdrop, political observers feel that a second major regional party next to the BJD might be formed involving many frontal Congress leaders and dissidents of the ruling party and the BJP.

“A second regional party might emerge as many leaders in all the three major parties have come out openly against their leaderships. The Mahanadi and Polavaram disputes and all time Central negligence, including denial of Special Category State status, would fuel the promoters to rise,” felt many.

 
 
 
 
 

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