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Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee (OPCC) President Niranjan Patnaik has issued a show-cause notice to veteran party leader and Jatni MLA Suresh Routray for his comment on selection of the state unit president.

Routray, who often remains in news for his unserious remarks, had recently triggered a row by claiming that Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik takes the final call with respect to the selection of OPCC president.

Responding to Routray’s comment, the OPCC chief said the senior leader’s statement has not only earned criticisms for the grand old party but also tarnished its image.

“Such kind of statement is not expected from a senior party leader like you. You are requested to submit a satisfactory reply soon explaining under what circumstances you gave the statement,” Patnaik said in the letter.

“After getting reply from you, it would be sent to AICC for its perusal,” the letter further read.

Responding to the show cause notice, Routray said that he will not apologise for his statement.

“I have not committed any blunder. OPCC president himself and senior leader Jaydev Jena have spoken in similar vein earlier. They should first apologise for their statements. There is no question of seeking apology for my slip of tongue,” said Routray.

(Edited by Ramakanta Biswas)

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