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Congress Drubbing: Odisha PCC Chief Niranjan Patnaik Resigns

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24 May 2019

Debashish Maharana

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Bhubaneswar:  A day after the results of Lok Sabha and Assembly polls were declared in Odisha, Pradesh Congress Committee (PCC) president Niranjan Patnaik tendered his resignation from the post on moral grounds.

This was informed at the press meet convened by him today.

Patnaik informed that he has already sent his resignation letter to AICC president Rahul Gandhi.

Notably, Congress has faced a severe setback in 2019 elections. In Odisha, it was able to notch only 9 assembly seats and a single Lok Sabha seat. It even lost the status of being the main Opposition party in the State as it has been wrestled by BJP for the first time here. In 2014, the Congress had won 16 Assembly seats while it had drawn a blank in the Lok Sabha.

In his media reactions today, Niranjan Patnaik said, “Rahulji had given me the responsibility of the Pradesh Congress Committee (PCC) president here in consultation with the Congressmen of Odisha. Even at this age I have tried my level best for a year. As a human being there might be mistakes committed by me. But I have tried sincerely to strengthen the Congress organisation here in the state. Despite the efforts, we couldn’t win people’s confidence for which Congress has suffered this debacle in Odisha.”

“Hence, on moral grounds, as I have also myself got defeated, I have tendered my resignation from this post of PCC president to our AICC president,” the Odisha PCC chief stated.

Niranjan was appointed as the PCC president in April 2018. The Odisha PCC president himself lost the Assembly constituencies of Bhandaripokhari and Ghasipura this time.

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Niranjan Patnaik, Ex-OPCC President