11 April 2019
Bhubaneswar: Following utter disgruntlement among the aspirants over the distribution of party tickets during the current general elections (both 21 Lok Sabha seats & 147 Assembly seats in Odisha), Pradesh Congress Committee (PCC) president Niranjan Patnaik today expressed his helplessness in the wake of being targeted and getting embroiled in grave controversy.
Most of the aggrieved ticket aspirants, senior Congressmen and Congresswomen, have also resigned from Congress as well as defected to other parties where they have been either rehabilitated with tickets or convinced to wait and watch next time.
In his media reactions today amid the raging controversies, OPCC chief Niranjan Patnaik said, “Discontent over ticket distribution has been sparked off because we had declared from the very outset that we would field new faces this time, youths will be given more importance, etc. Hence, we have fielded 83 new faces this time out 139.”
He stated, “Many of our partymen have already been MPs/MLAs in the past. They are now heading and handling our various organizations. When they failed to get tickets, displeasure is obvious.”
“What to do? We’re helpless. Our party is such that it will not follow my personal views or selections. It has to undergo three-tier scrutiny. A 12-member brigade decides on it finally at Delhi. So, what can I do? Thus, I am the butt of target by all,” he rued.
He further argued, “Niranjan Patnaik hasn’t nominated a single candidate. The decision taken on the selection of candidate is of the committee.”