Former Chief Minister Giridhar Gamang quits Congress

Bhubaneswar: In a development which may in all likelihood bring down the curtains on the fortnight-long suspense over Giridhar Gamang’s quitting Congress, his son Sisir today cleared that the veteran tribal leader would leave the grand old party tomorrow.

“My father only knows what he wants to divulge before the media. But it is sure that he is quitting the Congress party tomorrow,” the junior Gamang said, adding that his father is convening a media conference tomorrow to clear the air.

“We’ll inform you all about our future course of action there,” he further said. “This is the end of an era and beginning of a new saga,” Sisir quipped to persistent volleys from mediapersons.

Like previous occasions, the senior Gamang did not open his cards this time too, but confirmed about the Saturday’s media conference when asked about his future political venture.

Going by the previous episodes of the ‘political drama’, though Gamang duo’s five-day ultimatum understandably to the Congress did not fructify, Sisir’s today’s statement about his father’s snapping 42-year-old ties with the party can be believed as it was at least not opposed by the nine-time MP.

Earlier, coming down hard on such reports published in the media, the former Odisha chief minister had said he was not contacted before publishing such news. “I think answer to all questions is very easy as I have not left the party. I have not talked to any party as speculated,” Giridhar had said.

But what had made the whole episode more interesting later was when Sisir still insisted that his father would join a national party, and not a regional one.

“If my father joins any party tomorrow, it would be a national party. There is no question of joining any regional player,” Sisir had said, apparently putting all doubts to rest and clearly indicating that his father will be joining BJP as there is no other national party in Odisha other than the saffron party.

As of today, only the father-son duo can tell which party Giridhar is joining, if at all he quits Congress tomorrow and makes announcement about his new political venture.