Bhubaneswar: A day after being expelled from the primary membership of Congress party, former union minister Srikant Jena and former MLA Krushna Chandra Sagaria today lashed out at the party top brass Rahul Gandhi and PCC president Niranjan Patnaik.
Denying the charges of anti-party activities levelled against them by the party, both the leaders charged the Congress party of having a secret pact with the ruling BJD in State.
“I had requested Rahul Gandhi to choose either People of Odisha or Mining mafias-Patnaik brothers. For the last 40 years, the two Patnaik families have destroyed the Odisha’s economy and social harmony in the State. To liberate Odisha from the clutches of these rascal mining mafias, you (Rahul Gandhi) must stand by the people but he choose to stand by the mafias, Patnaik brothers and Naveen Patnaik. Now, Rahul Gandhi has declared that he is with the mining mafias and Naveen Patnaik”, Jena said at a press meet.
“I will make another explosion against Rahul Gandhi on January 25, on the day when he will visit Odisha. He will be embarrassed that day. I will unmask Rahul Gandhi and explain people that with whom he is identifying himself”, Jena added.
Dubbing Niranjan Patnaik as a ‘habitual bribe giver’, who has been ‘reprimanded by the court’ many times, the former union Minister that he will move to villages and make people aware about the Patnaik families, who have plundered the State the mines and minerals.
“Now, my first duty will be to free the State from the clutches of mining mafia Patnaik brothers. I will step forward against the ‘Mahagatbandhan between Rahul Gandhi and Naveen Patnaik in coming days”, Jena maintained.
Sagaria too trained gun against senior leader Narasingha Mishra and PCC president Niranjan Patnaik. He alleged that both Mishra and Patnaik have decided to destroy the Congress party. Both have illegal nexus with BJD and its chief minister Naveen Patnaik, Sagaria said rubbishing the charges of anti-party activities.
“I should have been apprised by the party that what are the anti-party activities? I never indulge in any works that go against the party”, said Sagaria, who had earlier resigned from State Assembly citing that he has no moral right to continue as MLA for failing to do justice to the minor gang rape victim from Kunduli.
Both the leaders vented anger a day after their expulsion from the party over ‘anti-party activities’.
On the other hand, BJD rubbished Srikant and Sagaria’s allegation of secret pact between BJD and Congress. BJD spokesperson and Rajya Sabha member Pratap Deb said that Jena used to speak about BJD-BJP ties when he was in Congress. After his ouster from party, he suddenly saw a nexus between CM Naveen Patnaik and Rahul Gandhi, Deb added.
Srikant and Sagaria were dismissed from the party. The announcement of their expulsion was made late at Saturday night by Odisha Congress’ disciplinary committee convener Ananta Prasad Sethi.
They issued remarks against OPCC (Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee) functionaries. Due to the anti-party statements to the media causing damage to the Congress, they were expelled from the primary membership of the party, Sethi informed.
While Jena was a former Union Minister in the previous UPA government, Dalit leader Mr Sagaria represented Koraput in the state assembly.