Former Sundergarh SDC chairperson Kusum Tete quits BJD

Bhubaneswar: A day after the ruling-BJD announced Jogesh Singh as its party candidate for the upcoming general election in Sundergarh Assembly constituency, local BJD leader KusumTete resigned from the primary membership of the party today.

“Party supremo and Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik granted me ticket to contest polls from Sundergarh Assembly constituency and I worked dedicatedly as per the directives of the party leadership. But after working like a ‘servant’ for last five years, I received nothing. CM Naveen had even promised to field 33 percent women candidates but it also turned out to be false. I am extremely sad to resign from the party,” said an emotional Tete.

Tete, however clarified that even though no other parties have approached her so far, she will definitely contest the upcoming 2019 elections.

“My supporters are everything and I will take a final decision on next political course of action after discussing with everybody,” said Tete.

On March 17, Tete resigned as the chairman of Sundergarh Special Development Council with a hope that she would be given ticket to contest as MLA candidature from the party.

It may be noted that Tetewas involved in a bitter rivalry with former Congress MLA Jogesh Singh after the latter was inducted into BJD a few weeks ago.