Congress MLA candidate quits party ahead of polls in Odisha

Bhubaneswar: In yet another blow to the Congress in Odisha, senior leader and its Tirtol MLA candidate, Bibhu Prasad Tarai resigned from the party today expressing displeasure over “ticket distribution”.

This comes hours after Congress MLA candidate from Pipili, Yudhistir Samantaray returned his ticket alleging State Congress President Niranjan Patnaik has been conspiring his defeat.

Tarai, sources said, was upset with party’s top leadership over his candidature. He was interested for Jagatsinghpur Lok Sabha seat but the party has has fielded him from Tirtol Assembly segment, the source added.

Tarai has also alleged that the Congress has given party ticket to one who is involved in a murder case and chargesheeted by the police.

He has sent his resignation letter to Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee (OPCC) President Niranjan Patnaik this evening.

Patnaik, however, was not available for his comments on the matter by the time of filing this report.

It may be recalled here that Tarai had won the Jagatsinghpur Lok Sabha seat on a CPI ticket backed by BJD in 2009 but later he was expelled from the party for alleged anti-party activities. Then, he had joined the Congress ahead of the 2014 general elections.

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