Bhubaneswar, Aug 12:
Senior Congress leader Soumya Ranjan Patnaik, against whom the disciplinary committee of the party decided to serve a show cause notice for ‘anti-party’ activities earlier in the day, has said he had done nothing to deserve such a notice.
Speaking to OST over phone from Hyderabad, Patnaik said; “I have done nothing that can even remotely be construed as ‘anti-party’ activity. In any case, I am yet to receive the notice. I will reply to it when I get it.”
The decision to serve the show cause notice on the former Bhubaneswar MP was taken by the seven-member disciplinary committee of the Pradesh Congress Committee headed by former minister Harihar Karan this morning. Patnaik has been asked to reply to the notice within a week, former minister Sarat Rout, one of the members of the committee, said.
Talking to OST, Rout said Patnaik had been served the notice on eight counts of anti-party activities. “Among them are running a parallel, unauthorised organisation within the party, railing against the Gandhi family and commenting that the party had lost the elections even before the polls were held,” Rout said.
Patnaik had launched a ‘Sankalp Abhijan’ campaign, which he says is aimed at strengthening the party organisation at the booth level, a few weeks ago. As part of the campaign, he has already conducted three meetings in Cuttack, Khurda and Biramaharajpur, all of which have been well attended affairs.