Ramakanta Biswas

Senior Congress leader and Jeypore MLA Tara Prasad Bahinipati on Sunday confirmed his resignation from the party's chief whip post and said he stepped down from the position due to personal reason.

Asked about the buzz in the political circle that he has resigned from the post of chief whip, Bahinipati said, “Yes, I have resigned due to personal reason. I have been the chip whip since long. How long will I hold that position?” 

The legislator, however, did not elaborate further on what personal reason drove him to take the decision.

The stepping down of Bahinipati from the chief whip post when there is growing demand for change in guard in the State unit of Congress has created buzz in the political circles. 

The Jeypore MLA, however, asserted that he was not lobbying for the top post.

“It is true that I have given my resignation, but I do not possess any desire for the top post. I am not lobbying for the post of PCC president,” Bahinipati said.

The lawmaker reiterated that he would not hesitate if an offer for the coveted post is made to him. 

Bahinipati also confirmed that Congress legislative party leader Narasingha Mishra has also resigned from his post.