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Odisha Mahila Congress Chief Sumitra Jena Quits Party, Spits Venom Against PCC Chief Over Ticket Distributions


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09 April 2019

Debashish Maharana


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Bhubaneswar: After levelling serious charges against incumbent Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee (PCC) president Niranjan Patnaik over ticket distributions for the ensuing general elections, both Lok Sabha and Assembly seats), Odisha Mahila Congress Chief Sumitra Jena today tendered resignation from her post as well as the primary membership of the grand old party.

In her media reactions, Sumitra Jena said, “I honour and love Rahul Gandhi. I was never interested to quit Congress. But I’m bound down to quit the Congress here led by Niranjan Patnaik. From right now, I’m relinquishing my post as well as the Congress party. Today is a sad day for me as I’m quitting Rahul Gandhi’s Congress though I’m not interested.”

In her resignation letter addressed to All India Mahila Congress President Sushmita Dev, Jena has stated, “In the candidate selection for 2019 Assembly & Lok Sabha, there were many aspirants from Mahila Congress, who have been serving the party for long time. Out of them, we have listed 52 potential candidates for Assembly and 8 for Lok Sabha to contest, fight and win. But unfortunately, only 5 women were given the chance to contest for Assembly and Lok Sabha.”

She has added, “Neither a single reason was given for not considering their candidatures. Outsider people having no primary membership have been selected as candidates which has created a great discontent among the women working in the organization. Only 12 women were given tickets and for 147 seats is mere 8% women representation.”

She has further mentioned, “On 31, March 2018, during the Mahila Executive meet, I was attacked by outsiders physically inside the Congress Bhawan. We protested the attack but no effective disciplinary action was taken against the people who were involved and planned the attack. Also documents and photos supplied, but the disciplinary committee still has not supplied the report and the involved people were rewarded with tickets by the PCC chief.”

“Under these circumstances with a heavy heart, I would like to tender my resignation as President, Odisha Pradesh Mahila Congress. I would remain grateful as you have shown great faith on me,” Sumitra Jena quips.

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Sumitra Jena, Ex-Mahila Congress President, Odisha

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Sujata Jena, Ex-Mahila Congress General Secretary, Odisha

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Nirajan Pattnaik, PCC President, Odisha