Bhubaneswar: Senior Congress leader and former Union minister Srikant Jena today once again hit out at the Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee (OPCC) president Niranjan Patnaik by raking up the illegal mining case even as the PCC’s Discipline Committee left the decision on All India Congress Committee (AICC) for action against him over his ‘indiscipline activities’.
The Discipline Committee today convened a meeting at the State headquarters and sought personal views of all the members of the panel on Srikant’s issue. “The members have given their opinion, which will be sent to the AICC. As he is a member of the central committee, the AICC will take a call on it”, said panel chief Hemananda Biswal after the meeting.
Hours after the decision taken by the Discipline panel, Jena seems unfazed and once again lambasted the PCC chief. With an indirect indication, he said that he is ready to answer the PCC or AICC if he is asked. “But, I am not involved in any illegal mining operation nor I was reprimanded by the court,” he added.
The war of words between Jena and PCC leaders has taken the intra-party squabble to a new height. What made Srikant irate is his ouster from the Manifesto Committee following which he resigned from all other committee of the party.