Rashmi Ranjan

Days after spewing venom against Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee (OPCC) chief Niranjan Patnaik, senior Congress leader and Jeypore MLA Tara Prasad Bahinipati on Monday mellowed down and termed the former as his elder brother.

Speaking to the media Bahinipati said, "Niranjan Patnaik is my elder brother. I had a discussion with him and we resolved the differences. We are politicians and can't be angry at anyone for long."

"I termed OPCC chief 'inefficient' out of anger," he said adding that, "I had a long discussion with Odisha Congress in-charge A Chellakumar yesterday. I am not going to change party under any circumstances."

Chellakumar, who arrived at Bhubaneswar today, said, "Those who want to quit the party, they can."

The reaction from the State in-charge came after the spat between the OPCC chief and Jeypore MLA came to the open.

"I want to convey everyone in the party tjat Congress is not a launching pad for anybody's political survival. If someone wants to leave the party then the doors are open. Let them leave and I am least bothered about this," he said.

Notably, the Jeypore MLA had openly challenged the authority of Pradesh Congress Committee (PCC) president Niranjan Patnaik and said he should step down from the post.

Earlier this week, Bahinipati had also threatened to resign from his post over what he called ‘indiscipline behaviour’ of State party unit chief Niranjan Patnaik.

Bahinipati had expressed his displeasure over the presence of former Congress MLA Kailash Kulesika on the dais during a press meet organised by party MP from Koraput, Saptagiri Ulaka. Bahinipati had earlier said that he was extremely disappointed on not being informed about Kulesika's re-induction into the party fold.