Congress MLA Krushna Sagaria to quit post on December 6

Bhubaneswar: Congress MLA Krushna Chandra Sagaria today announced his decision to quit from the membership of Odisha Legislative Assembly citing failure to provide justice to Kunduli gang rape victim.

Sagaria will hand over his resignation to the Assembly Speaker Pradip Kumar Amat on November 6 at the State Assembly, sources said.

“Kunduli incident was a very sensitive issue in which the victim herself alleged that she was gang raped. We also fought alongside to provide justice to her,” Sagaria said.

“As a people’s representative from the same constituency that she belongs, I had promised the victim and her kin to provide them justice. But even after a year of the incident, none have been arrested. The government has also tried to hoodwink people on the pretext of judicial commission and crime branch probe but to no avail. To some extent I am also responsible for the injustice to Kunduli girl I have therefore decided to quit from my post on moral grounds,” he added.

Asked about whether his infighting with Jeypore MLA and Congress leader Tara Prasad Bahinipati was a reason behind his decision, Sagaria ruled out any such issues.

Meanwhile, speculations are also rife over the reasons that led to Sagaria’s decision to quit his post. He was reportedly unhappy over the posts in the party.

“Sagaria could have fought for justice for Kunduli gang rape victim by staying on his position as MLA. I will speak to him on the issue. Moreover, this should concern the Government as an opposition MLA is resigning citing injustice to the victim,” said Odisha PCC President Niranjan Patnaik.

Tara Prasad Bahinipati, Jeypore MLA, said “Whatever he (Sagaria) decides, we will welcome it. Congress party is growing and some people are doing press meet and are resigning. This will not affect the party in any way.”

“Not only congress, MLAs and politicians from all parties should introspect over the current situation in the State,” Senior Congress leader Srikant Jena said.