Disgruntled Nayak cited his name being removed from the PCC member list as the reason for his resigning from the party.
A preparatory meeting was held under the chairmanship of Congress’ Odisha in-charge Chellakumar on Sunday at the Congress Bhawan in Bhubaneswar.
Congress leader Narasingha Mishra said, “The ED arrested the person who was spared by the Odisha police for long. Khageswar Patra is a criminal working for BJD ministers and Odisha police was shielding him for obvious reasons.”
Laying to rest all the rumours of quitting Congress, veteran Congress leader and Jatni MLA Suresh Routray said that he would stand with the party until Rahul Gandhi becomes the Prime Minister of India.
There is no question of quitting Congress in this birth until Rahul Gandhi becomes the Prime Minister of India, he said
While the campaign is being planned from Kanyakumari to Kashmir, Congress parliamentarian Rahul Gandhi will participate in the 'padayatra' (foot march). The padyatra will be about 3,500 km long and is scheduled to be completed in around 150 days.
As Murmu is inspired by the RSS ideology, Congress will never support her candidature for the position of a constitutional head, he said.
As per party sources, Pattnayak himself will join the padyatra along with party workers in each and every district of Odisha starting from next week.
Senior Congress leader Sarat Pattanayak has been appointed the president of Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee (OPCC) with immediate effect.
Amid the demands for a complete overhaul and change in Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee (OPCC) leadership, a delegation of the party leaders left for New Delhi on Sunday to meet the high command and put forth their suggestions.
The stepping down of Tara Bahinipati from the chief whip post when there is growing demand for change in guard in the State unit of Congress has created buzz in the political circles.
Bahinipati has reportedly quit the party chief whip position while Mishra, leader of the Congress Legislature Party, has also put down his papers
Amid speculations and demand by some senior Congress leaders to overhaul the Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee (OPCC) leadership, the two time OPCC Chief, Jayadev Jena on Monday said he is not in the race this time and does not want to sit on the chair either.
Niranjan Patnaik hailed the move of the party president seeking resignation for poor performance in Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab, Goa, and Manipur as exemplary step.
A video of the alleged profanity of Jena while speaking to Biju Janata Dal (BJD) party workers including some women in Mahanga has gone viral on various social media platforms