Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Jun 6:
Former Odisha chief minister Giridhar Gamang, who resigned from the Congress after a 43-year long association with the party, has rejected the invitation of the Congress supremo Sonia Gandhi for talks outright.
The Congress high command had invited Giridhar and his son Sisir to New Delhi for talks on June 9 and 10.
“Since my father has already resigned from the Congress, there is no chance of his return to the party again. In view of this, there is no point in having any talks with the party high command,” said Sisir in a media briefing on Friday.
While the invitation by the Congress supremo to Giridhar was flashed in the media, the Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee (OPCC) had no information in this regard, which has surprised senior party leaders in the state.
While the state party leaders have failed to understand the intention behind the high command inviting Gamang for talks, sources in the party said the high command has taken up the matter very seriously since it believes the resignation of a tribal leader of national stature will have will have an adverse effect on the party.
Meanwhile, speculation is rife in the political circles over the next move of Giridhar. While sources said that there is a possibility of Gamang and his son joining the BJP, there is no confirmation till date.
A clear picture will emerge in the next 3-4 days, they added.