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20 January 2019

Mohammed Ishtiyaque

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Bhubaneswar: Former Union Minister Srikant Jena who was dismissed from the primary membership of the Congress on Saturday has announced an open war against the AICC.

In a scathing attack on Pradesh Congress Committee president Niranjan Patnaik, Jena said that the Odisha Congress is being controlled by ‘mining mafias’ and the AICC president Rahul Gandhi is hand in gloves with the current scheme of affairs.

"I wanted that the Congress to represent the poor and downtrodden. I had written a letter to Rahul Gandhi to chose between mining mafias and the people of Odisha. By approving my dismissal, the AICC president has laid out his prioties (with the mining mafia)," said Jena.

"As the (then) Chairman of the Manifesto Committee, I had stressed on a couple of points viz. confiscation of the property of the mining mafia and projecting a SC/ST or OBC candidate as the CM candidate of Odisha. Both the points were outrightly turned down courtesy 'vested interests'," added Jena.

Jena, the former Union Chemicals & Fertilizers Minister during UPA Government threatened to expose the ‘Mahagathbandhan’ between Congress and mine operators in Odisha.

"The primary qualification to sustain in the Congress is to loot the State by exploiting mines, mint money and divest some part of that wealth in politics. Since, I do not qualify under this criteria, I was ousted from the party," he added.

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Srikant Jena, Former Congress Leader