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Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

A visibly upset senior Congress leader and former Pradesh Congress Committee (PCC) president, Prasad Harichandan, on Thursday right away rubbished speculations doing the rounds in the State political circles about him making a secret deal with the ruling BJD.

Scoffing at rumour mills, a teary Harichandan said, “I am not a businessman and I don’t make deals. I don’t make money from ‘water’ or mines. So, I don’t have to make a deal with the government for my personal gains.” It goes without saying that the Congressman was hinting at the ‘money bags’ in the State political circle.

“I dare those people who are bringing these allegations against me to come up with tangible evidence. If the allegations are proved, I will take a sabbatical from public life,” said Harichandan.

The veteran Congress leader made it clear that he is not quitting politics in near future. But he made it clear that he will not be in the fray for the 2024 general election.

“I have never run away from politics. I was in politics and I will be there in future as well. But I will not contest the 2024 general election,” he said.

The senior leader also cleared the air on the party not fielding a candidate for Zilla Parishad in Stayabadi constituency.

“I am not handling ticket distribution. Tickets are cleared by the PCC chief and I have nothing to do with it,” he clarified.

Meanwhile, he rapped the party leadership for creating roadblocks during the forthcoming crucial Panchayat elections in the State.

“Congress party leaders should fight the election by staying united. Instead, they are creating roadblocks which is not good for the party,” he said.

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