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4 Odisha Congress MLAs Meet Rahul Gandhi

**Bhubaneswar:** Amid the current volatile situation within the party following a tug of war between the incumbent Pradesh Congress Committee (PCC) president and the Congress Legislature Party (CLP) in Odisha, four party MLAs on Saturday met AICC vice president Rahul Gandhi in New Delhi on Saturday.

Such a development is believed to have stoked further the internal wrangling as the CLP led by Leader of Opposition Narasingh Mishra and PCC president Prasad Harichandan are virtually at daggers drawn these days.

While the PCC chief has recently held discussions with 23 district Congress presidents at the Congress Bhawan here to chalk out strategies for the ensuing Panchayat polls in the State here, the very next day was followed by the CLP meeting at the official residence of Leader of Opposition bypassing the PCC president.

Month ago, the 16 Congress legislators led by the Leader of Opposition had met Rahul Gandhi and other senior AICC functionaries in New Delhi as a part of their ongoing war against the PCC president.

Such a development was followed by the PCC president’s visit to Delhi Durbar of Rahul Gandhi by parading a horde of district Congress presidents in a bid to display clout.

On the contrary, AICC Odisha-in-charge B.K. Hariprasad told media soon there after the Delhi Durbar meeting that the four ST/SC party MLAs had been summoned by Rahul Gandhi to discuss strategies for the Panchayat elections in the State.

The four MLAs were escorted by Odisha PCC treasurer Mohammed Moquim, who is believed to be of the PCC president camp.

In his media reactions, former PCC president Niranjan Patnaik said, “The headquarters of Congress is Delhi. It’s obvious the Congress leaders have to go to Delhi and nowhere else. Nothing to be amazed about it. Our all pros and cons are discussed at Delhi. It’s nothing serious. However, as a senior Congress leader I feel very sad over the gossip going over Odisha Congress state of affairs for the last few months. If true, it doesn’t augur well for the prospects of Odisha. All should shoulder the responsibilities how to fill up the gaps and chasms and be united to win the confidence of the people of Odisha and work for the State’s general interests.”

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