Odisha Congress Party holds AICC Gen Sec, BK Hariprasad responsible for intra-party rift

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Bhubaneswar, Nov 29: Two days after four Congress MLAs changed camps and met party vice-president Rahul Gandhi in Delhi, the ongoing tussle between organisational and legislative wings of the State Congress widened further after more legislators took strong jibe at the AICC general secretary in charge of Odisha, BK Hariprasad and held him directly responsible for the rift in party. MLA Jogesh Singh jeered at Hariprasad and said ‘Haria’ is responsible for any such conflict among the leaders. Backing the Sundergarh MLA, another law maker Prafulla Majhi also came down heavily on some senior leaders. Indirectly targeting Hariprasad-backed Prasad camp, he came down heavily on the top brass. Four MLAs-Jacob Pradhan, Krushna Chandra Sagaria, Kailash Chandra Kulesika and Bhujabal Majhi- reportedly pledged their support to state president Prasad Harichandan after meeting vice-president Rahul Gandhi two days ago. General secretary of the All India Congress Committee (AICC), Odisha-in-charge, BK Hariprasad had claimed the MLAs discussed about the preparation for the upcoming panchayat polls with Rahul Gandhi. They had also raised issues relating to increasing number of atrocities on SC and SC people in Kandhamal and Kalahandi districts by the ruling BJD leaders and workers, Hariprasad had clarified. Similarly, Opposition chief whip and fire brand leader Tara Prasad Bahinipati yesterday again expressed that he is least concerned about what is happening and being told behind his back. However, treasurer of the Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee (OPCC) Mohammed Moquim, who accompanied the four legislators-Jacob Pradhan, Krushna Chandra Sagaria, Kailash Chandra Kulesika and Bhujabal Majhi to the Congress scion in New Delhi, came to the defence of PCC president and AICC secretary. He also advised the leaders to refrain from giving remarks against Congress before media.

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