Without waiting for ‘high command’ nod, Odisha Congress leaders file nominations

While resentment has already engulfed the ruling-BJD in Odisha, Congress needs to quell its dissidence as early as possible to put up a good show in 2019 polls

Bhubaneswar: After two Congress leaders, Sadan Nayak and Mala Madhi filed nominations ahead of the ticket announcement; Kotpad MLA Chandrasekhar Majhi today filed his nomination papers as well without waiting for the official announcement.

Justifying his action, Majhi said that as it is getting a bit late, people of his constituency want him to file the nomination. “My ticket has been confirmed. Over phone, it has been confirmed. Announcement will be made soon,” said Majhi.

Working president of Odisha Congress, Pradeep Majhi said, “Kotpad MLA’s candidature was secured from the very first day by AICC chief Rahul Gandhi. However, it couldn’t be declared, but it will be announced soon. Those who will be given tickets for Assembly seats have already been informed much earlier to continue with their campaigning.”

On the issue of dissidence in Odisha Congress, Majhi said, “It’s obvious that some people won’t like the ticket allotment, but if people don’t get tickets, it doesn’t mean they will involve in any anti-party activities.”

On the other hand, there was a face-off between OPCC chief Niranjan Patnaik and the president of the women wing of the party’s State unit Sumitra Jena over allotment of tickets. As per reports, Sumitra is not satisfied with the allotment of ticket to only one woman in the first phase polls.

However, Patnaik refuted the reports and said that she is angry because she was not allotted the ticket she had wished for. “Sumitra wanted ticket for a particular seat, but as it was not possible for the party and we offered her another seat and also asked if she prefers any other seat,” said Patnaik.

Responding to Patnaik, Sumitra said, “I have applied (to the party) for Bhadrak seat but it’s up to the party; it will not hurt me if ticket is denied and I will continue to work for the party. But yes, I want the party to give more tickets to women. I will definitely take the matter up with Rahul Gandhi.”