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Vikash Sharma

Bhubaneswar: Signalling a stern warning for leaders making comments in media regarding party's internal affairs, Odisha Congress-in-charge Jitendra Singh on Sunday categorically stated that indiscipline in the party will not be tolerated.

Responding to a media query regarding statements of several leaders and discussion regarding change of PCC president, Singh stated that there is absolutely no room for indiscipline.

Singh further asked party leaders to refrain from making comments in media regarding party’s position. “Congress is a family and there might be differences of opinion, but nothing should come through press. If anyone has any grievance, they can directly discuss with me or AICC president. Disciplinary action would be taken against those workers giving statements outside,” said Singh.

Singh also informed that soon a talent search programme will be organised in Odisha to provide a platform to youngsters who want to contribute in development of the State. All the appointments of district or block Congress presidents and even PCC office bearers will be done through a committee in a transparent manner.

The statements of Singh assume significance in the backdrop of a recent meeting comprising several leaders of the party who threw weight behind Barabati-Cuttack MLA Mohammad Moquim as the next PCC chief.

The leaders had organised close-door-meeting and unanimously approved a decision to elevate Moquim to the Congress chief post in Odisha. Many saw such a congregation by some leaders as an open revolt in Odisha Congress.

“Mohammad Moquim had also met me but never said that he wanted to become the PCC president. But if anyone in the party wants to share views or opinions, there is a proper way. Organising meetings and then making such comments are not acceptable,” Singh added.

On the other hand, party district presidents and supporters of OPCC chief Niranjan Patnaik today held a meeting in a hotel in Bhubaneswar.

Senior Congress leader Sambhunath Panigrahi said, “Disciplinary action needs to be taken against those trying to hatch a conspiracy against Niranjan Patnaik for vested interests."

Meanwhile, reports claimed that change of guard in Odisha Congress is unlikely now and Niranjan Patnaik will continue as the PCC chief.

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