A day after Odisha Jan Morcha (OJM) described the BJD as the ‘B’ team of Congress, president of the Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee (OPCC) Niranjan Patnaik said it has no other teams in the State.
“We have no B or C team in Odisha as alleged by certain leaders of the BJD and OJM,” OPCC president Niranjan Patnaik told this paper. OJM leader and Rajya Sabha member Pyarimohan Mohapatra on the maiden meeting of his outfit on Sunday, had alleged that Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has a tacit understanding with the Congress after the scam in the allotment of coal blocks came to light.
Mohapatra said this referring to Naveen’s earlier statement of describing OJM as the B team of Congress. The OPCC president claimed that they have no link either with the BJD or the OJM. “That is their internal party matter. Congress should not figure in their quarrel,” he said. Meanwhile, the opposition BJP claimed that its earlier charge of a nexus between the BJD and the Congress has come to the fore.
“Though we have said this several times earlier, no one paid any heed towards it,” said a senior BJP leader.