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Congress MLA resigns from party in Odisha

Press Trust of India  |  Bhubaneswar 

In a setback for the opposition ahead of the upcoming Lok Sabha and Assembly elections, its Salipur MLA Saturday resigned from the primary membership of the party.

Earlier, three MLAs - Nabakishore Das, and Krushna Chandra Sagari, had resigned from the While Das and Singh joined the BJD, Sagaria went to the BSP.

In a letter to Rahul Gandhi, Behera said that he has decided to quit the party after being "ignored" by the Pradesh Congress Committee (OPCC) leadership.

Behera, who was for the first time elected from Salipur segment of district in 2014, said he has also sent his resignation letter to OPCC

"I worked in the party for last 20 years, but did not get importance in the Congress," Behera told reporters.

The Congress claimed that he had raised certain issues with the OPCC president, but they were "ignored".

The Salipur MLA had earlier given indication about his move when he stopped using party flag and banners during a recent padyatra in his constituency.

Asked whether he will join the BJD, Behera said: "I will take a decision after consulting my supporters and seniors in Salipur."

He said that he will take a decision in this regard within a day or two.

With Behera's resignation, the number of the Congress MLAs in the 147-member Assembly has come down to 11.

Of the 16 Congress MLAs elected in 2014 elections, four have resigned from the party and one Subal Sahu from Bijepur in district had passed away.

Simultaneous polling will be held in Odisha for its 21 Lok Sabha seats and 147 Assembly constituencies in four phases on April 11, 18, 23 and 29.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Sat, March 16 2019. 12:25 IST
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