Are fissures resurfacing within Congress party?

Bhubaneswar: With 12 Congress MLAs and some senior party leaders from Odisha today met party president Sonia Gandhi and party’s heir apparent Rahul Gandhi at New Delhi, just a week after party’s State president Prasad Harichandan and Opposition leader Narsingh Mishra held such a meeting, has sparked speculations over a factional politics going on within the party.

Though seven months of passed since Harichandan was appointed to the position, the list of office bearers of party’s State unit is yet to be finalised. With such a vacuum existing in the organisational structure, political pundits point towards the internal fissures reappearing in the grand old party?

Notably, Harichandan and Mishra had met the high command in Delhi last week. Given the fact that as many as 12 party MLAs trying to meet the high command within a week’s time, one cannot rule out the possibility of an internecine war going on in the party, the observers feel.

According to sources, the MLAs have decided to approach the high command in the wake of inordinate delay in finalising the list of party’ office bearers in the State. However, none of the party leaders are willing to divulge the real intent of such a visit.

Commenting on the visit, party MLA Prafulla Majhi sought to explain that as it is not possible for all the party members to visit at a time, “a few of us have decided to meet the high command ahead of the monsoon session of the Assembly”.

Fissures and internal politics is not new to Congress in the State, but if such is the case this time round, how it will shape the party’s standing in the future remains to be seen.