Ramakanta Biswas

Sundergarh: After some years of successful tryst in politics, three-time Congress MLA from Talsara Assembly segment in Sundergarh district, Dr Prafulla Majhi is now on a different mission.

An active political leader a few months ago, Majhi is now seen serving people as a doctor. According to sources, Majhi has been appointed by Sundergarh district administration as a contractual doctor at Talsara primary health centre.

With Majhi back to his earlier profession, speculations are rife in the political circle that he might have retired from active politics.

Majhi, son-in-law of five-time former legislator of Congress late Gajadhar Majhi, entered politics by winning the 2006 by-election to Talsara Assembly constituency. Later, he went on to win the seat in 2009 and 2014 elections.

In 2009, Majhi won the Assembly elections beating the NCP candidate by a margin of 19,741 (17.85%) votes. In 2014, he had defeated his nearest rival Binaya Kumar Toppo of the BJD by just 1,435 votes. However, he lost to Bhabani Shankar Bhoi of BJP in the last assembly polls.

"When the news of his returning to his earlier profession breaks, he will witness a huge rush of patients. People in large number will come to get treatment from him," said Dheneswar Nayak, a patient.

"Talsara health centre did not have doctor for a long period. As he served us as our representative for thrice, we hope he will now serve us well as a doctor," said Prasant Patel, a native of Talsara.

Asked about his new avatar, Majhi said, "I never left my profession in true sense even though I had stopped regular practice and patient service. As I got time now, I felt providing service to people will be better and so I resumed my profession," Majhi said.