Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Mar 9:
The AICC in-charge of the Congress party in Odisha BK Hariprasad rushed to Bhubaneswar on Saturday evening after the Leader of the Opposition in the Assembly Bhupinder Singh and the party’s legislative party secretary Anup Sai deserted the Congress and joined the ruling BJD.
Hariprasad termed the deserters as “migratory birds” and “opportunists” and said the Congress will not be affected one bit by it.
He said the holding of the Pradesh Election Committee meeting at New Delhi was nothing unusual and that was only an alibi cited by Bhupinder Singh. Hariprasad questioned the so-called righteous politics of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik.
Similarly, Congress MP from Kalahandi Bhakta Charan Das said now it is clear that the leader of the opposition was in the chief minister’s pocket for the last five years. He called the incident as a tainted chapter in the history of democratic politics calling it a nasty example of real horse trading.
However, political observers say, despite the brave and aggressive front put up by the party leaders, the Congress in Odisha will find it hard to repair the huge dent that the recent desertions have caused to its image and credibility.