Mrunal Manmay Dash

Veteran Congress leader and Jeypore MLA, Tara Prasad Bahinipati expressed his dissatisfaction over the freshly published list of Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee (OPCC) office bearers.

Bahinipati has been named as one of the State Vice Presidents of the party in the newly-published list.

Venting his displeasure, Bahinipati said that he does not wish to stay in any position and wants to work only in his constituency.

“I have never asked anybody in Congress to make me the Vice President of the party. I do not want to be a man of pity. I am self-sufficient and can do my things on my own. I anyways do not get enough time to work in my constituency. If I sit in a position, then it will be even harder for me to work here,” Bahinipati said.

“It is true they have added me in the PCC list and I want to thank them to have made me the Vice President. But I do not wish to remain in any position, because I cannot take any party responsibility,” he said.

“I would have resigned from the position, but have not done so thinking about others in the party,” he added.

Congress MLA, Adhiraj Mohan Panigrahi said, “His satisfaction or dissatisfaction is his personal choice. When the party gives a responsibility to someone then it is their duty to work to strengthen the party. As far as my responsibility is concerned, I am thankful to the party for making me the Vice President.”

“It is natural for some people to get upset when they do not get a desired position. But they should all come together irrespective of the position to work for the betterment of the party,” Panigrahi added.

Earlier on Monday, Congress President approved the appointment of office bearers of the Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee. Five senior vice presidents, 12 vice presidents, and 39 general secretaries were named in the list.

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