No one is untouchable in politics:Sisir Gamang

Bhubaneswar: First the suspense was over quitting Congress party and now the suspense is over joining any political party. Sisir Gamang, the son of former chief minister Giridhar Gamang continues to remain in limelight after the senior Gamang announced snapping all ties with the age old party yesterday.

Asked by our correspondent about the father-son duo’s future course of action and whether they are going to join BJP as rumoured in political circles, Sisir said, “No one is untouchable in politics.”

Though the statement of the Junior Gamang didn’t clear the air much about their new political venture, it bears significance considering the response of the saffron party’s state leaders.

Senior BJP leader and union minister Jual Oram, who had a meeting with Gamang about a month ago sparking speculation about possibility of the ex-CM joining BJP, said “I do not take decision in this regard. BJP’s central leaders are only empowered to take such a decision.”

Speaking on the development Suresh Pujari said, “Its the decision of Gamang in which party he wants to go. Besides, in case of BJP the high command in New Delhi will take a decision in this regard.”

Meanwhile, a senior BJD leader today indicated that the ruling party was not against taking the veteran tribal leader into its fold.

“If Giridhar Gamang wants, we have no objection to his joining the BJD,” party vice-president Damodar Rout, who is also the Excise and Cooperation minister, told reporters here.

Stating that BJD is a large party and has accepted leaders from different political parties including Gamang’s wife Hema Gamang in the past, Rout said “his (Gamang) wife is already in the BJD. I do not think any problem to accommodate the former chief minister.”