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Setback for Congress after two MLAs resign in Odisha ahead of elections

MLA Jogesh Singh and Naba Kishore Das tendered resignation from the Congress Party on the moral ground

Press Trust of India  |  Bhubaneswar 

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Suspended MLA Friday resigned from the party and also announced his decision to step down from the membership of the Assembly.

was suspended by the on Thursday on charge of anti-party activities and tarnishing image of the party in public. The Sundergarh MLA's resignation came barely two days after Jharsuguda MLA Naba Kishore Das also tendered his resignation from the party.

The resignation of two MLAs has come as a major setback for the opposition

Questioning the ground on which he was suspended, Singh, a two-time MLA sent his resignation letter to Congress

Gandhi is scheduled to visit on January 25.

He also sent copy of the resignation letter to Pradesh Congress Committee (OPCC) Niranjan Patnaik, AICC in-charge of Odisha Jitendra and

"I tender my resignation from the Congress Party on the moral ground. I also tender my resignation from the post of the Member of Odisha Legislative Assembly," Singh wrote to

Not satisfied on the ground on which he has been suspended from the party, Singh said: "I am quite astonished about the decision taken by the disciplinary committee of the Odisha Congress party without any show cause notice and explanation."

Singh said there was no sufficient reason to suspend him from the party. "I could not find the answer that how praising the of who is ranked as the best in become anti-party activity.

"Moreover, I am not the first person to praise the Odisha During the several central ministers of Congress have praised him many a times."

Regarding his inability to participate the Congress president's meeting in the state capital on January 25, Singh said: "I expressed my difficulties due to my pre-scheduled engagements. How it become anti-party activity, I could not understand."

OPCC disciplinary committee convenor Ananta Sethi said he was not aware about Singh's resignation. "However, it will not affect the Congress party in any way," Sethi said.

Earlier, Sethi on Thursday had announced that Singh was suspended for repeatedly giving statements against the party to the media and tarnishing image of Congress.

First Published: Fri, January 18 2019. 14:05 IST