Bhakta-Prasad feud: Party learnt a lesson, says Ganeswar

Bhubaneswar: A day after senior Congress leader Bhakta Das took potshots at the State leadership, party’s senior functionaries condemned the incident saying it learnt a lesson from the incident.

“What we observed the matter came out from a very silly thing but it spread like wild fire. My personal opinion is the incident should not have happened. But it cost the party’s image and undoubtedly it learnt a lesson from this,” party’s spokesperson Ganeswar Behera said.

Tuesday’s incident in which Das reportedly told Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee (OPCC) president Prasad Harichandan that former Narla block president Ashok Chand should not be allowed to address the gathering as he is no more a Congress worker, did not liked by others as well.
Senior party leader Lalatendu Bidyadhar (Lulu) Mohapatra said the incident sent a wrong message to the people.

“There was some deviation which could have been avoided before commencement of the meeting. The senior leaders of the party must understand that nothing should hurt the sentiments of any activists. We can’t blame anybody but the incident sent a wrong message,” Mohapatra said adding we should be extra careful about these things in future.

Congress chief whip Tara Prasad Bahinipati also termed the incident as unfortunate.

“The whole intention of organising the meeting went in vain. Instead of a renewed image of the party, the in-fight between two leaders came to fore. This I must say has caused harm for the age old party and it is very unfortunate,” Bahinipati said.

Meanwhile Niranjan Patnaik, who was present in yesterday’s meeting and had urged the leaders to reach out to the people at grassroots level feigned ignorance about the incident.

“I have no idea what went wrong between the two,” Patnaik quipped.