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Odisha Congress Suffers Another Big Blow


30 April 2017

Hrushikesh Mishra


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Bhubaneswar: Former MLA Sudhir Kumar Samal who was recently suspended from the Congress Party for his alleged anti-party activities has joined the ruling Biju Janta Dal (BJD) with more than 2,000 supporters here on Sunday at Naveen Nivas, the official residence of Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik.

Speaking to the media, the CM said, “I’m glad that more than 2,000 leaders and workers of the Congress Party under the leadership of ex-MLA Sudhir Samal have joined BJD today. This will strengthen the party,”

Samal, who was the Dhenkanal District Congress President was upset with the internal conflict within the party. Sources said that he had his differences with the Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee since recently concluded Panchayat Elections. On Saturday, he was suspended from the party along with party’s women’s wing secretary Namita Nayak for allegedly indulging in anti-party activities.

Hundreds of Congress workers, Sarpanchs, Ward Members, Block representatives and city councillors also joined BJD supporting Samal.

Speaking to the newsmen, Samal said, “Party workers were dissatisfied over the infighting in Congress party. That’s why we chose to join BJD. I have no differences with any BJD leaders and will work together with them in future.”

However, Congress said that Sudhir Samal’s exit won’t have any impact on the party. Speaking to OMMCOM NEWS, senior Congress leader Sarat Rout said, “It may affect the party initially but in the long run, party will emerge stronger in Dhenkanal District. Many leaders will leave their parties and join new ones as the political equations in the state have changed after the Panchayat elections.”

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Naveen Patnaik, Odisha Chief Minister

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Sudhir Kumar Samal, Former MLA, Dhenkanal

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Sarat Rout, Congress Leader