Jena Comes Under Fire from Ex-minister - The New Indian Express

Jena Comes Under Fire from Ex-minister

Published: 29th April 2014 09:18 AM

Last Updated: 29th April 2014 09:18 AM

The growing discontentment in the Congress against the style of functioning of Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee (OPCC) president Jaydev Jena came to the fore again on Monday with former minister Sitakant Mohapatra demanding a probe by the high command into the gross indiscipline and acts of anti-party activities committed by him.

Jena committed indiscipline by going public on internal party matters and by threatening senior leaders of disciplinary action without naming them, Mohapatra said at a news conference here. The former minister said he was distressed to find the person in charge of the party organisation trying to destabilise the party by repeatedly making such irresponsible statements.

Agreeing with party’s media cell chairman Narasingh Mishra’s observation, Mohapatra alleged that Jena’s statements in media about  sabotage by some senior party leaders constituted an act of indiscipline.

Mohapatra, a three-time Congress MLA from Barchana constituency, was denied a ticket this time. His son Rajnarayan Mohapatra contested as an independent from Barchana Assembly seat. Criticising Jena for his failure to take action against rebel candidates who defied the party and campaigned against other candidates in the neighbouring constituencies, Mohapatra asked how could he now talk about taking action against senior leaders. Mohapatra alleged that Jena could not take action against any rebel candidate as many of them enjoyed his patronage.

One such example is a rebel candidate in Bari Assembly constituency, Biswa Ranjan Mallik.

Although the OPCC chief wanted him to contest, he was denied ticket due to some last minute manipulation by Minister of State for Fertilizers Srikant Jena, Mohapatra said and added that Mallik contested as an independent, but no action was taken against him. Referring to allegations made by several leaders that tickets were sold by Jena, Mohapatra said the OPCC president has so far not countered such charges.

Mohapatra alleged that Jena was trying to destabilise the party to settle personal scores with some leaders.

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