Congress leader Pranay Sahu quits party

Bhubaneswar: In yet another jolt to the Congress ahead of AICC president Rahul Gandhi’s visit to Odisha on January 25, senior party leader Pranay Sahu, who unsuccessfully contested Bijepur assembly bypoll last year, on Monday resigned from the party.

He sent his resignation to AICC leadership. In his resignation letter, Sahu has alleged that though he had requested the State party leadership to find out the reasons for the party’s debacle in the Bijepur by-poll but nothing tangible has happened as yet.

Sahu’s resignation comes close on the heels of resignation tendered by party’s Jharsuguda MLA Naba Kishore Das and Sundargarh MLA Jogesh Singh earlier this week.

In October last year, former Koraput MLA Krishna Chandra Sagaria, who was also expelled from the Congress for antiparty activities on Saturday, had resigned as MLA for “failing to provide justice” to a young Dalit rape victim in Kunduli who eventually committed suicide and also protesting against the State leadership. On Saturday, the party also expelled former Union Minister Srikant Jena for alleged anti-party activities.

Names of Congress Salipur MLA Prakash Chandra Behera of quitting Congress are also doing the rounds for quite some time. Meanwhile, Behera praised BJD’s performance and said the ruling party is in a safe position and is doing well.

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