Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Mar 15:
Reliable sources in the BJD said, she is all set to contest the Koraput Lok Sabha seat on a BJD ticket against her husband.
Hema arrived at the Naveen Niwas here this morning accompanied by Koraput MP Jayaram Pangi. After a brief discussion with the BJD supremo Naveen Patnaik, she formally joined the BJD.
Briefing newsmen on the occasion, the former Laxmipur MLA said she had sent her resignation to the Congress supremo Sonia Gandhi.
“In the letter, I have stated that I have been insulted by the party leadership that has no respect for the senior members”, she said.
“I have quit the party because of Jayadev Jena. I will contest in the parliament elections” she said, adding, she is interested in contesting as a BJD candidate from Koraput Lok Sabha constituency.
According to sources, Ms Gamang was supposed to join the ruling party on Friday but her flight from Delhi got delayed . By the time she reached Bhubaneswar, it was 8 pm and the chief minister had retired for the day.
“She was asked to come to Naveen Niwas on Saturday,” the sources said.
The sources said Hema Gamang’s entry into BJD should come as a huge relief to Naveen Patnaik who was in a fix over the Koraput Lok Sabha seat. While the sitting MP Jayaram Pangi has withdrawn from the poll race, he was lobbying hard for his son- a move that triggered a revolt within the party unit in the undivided Koraput.
It will be a win-win situation for Naveen Patnaik now. He will steer clear of the controversies within the Koraput unit of the party by offering her the ticket and embarrass the Congress no end. He too will have the last laugh as the Gamang couple fight it out at the husting.
“It will be one of the most talked about contests this election season, “said a senior Congress leader wishing not to be named.
Hema Gomango made her political debut by winning the Koraput seat in 1999 after her husband vacated it to become chief minister. She was elected to the assembly from Laxmipur in 2004, but lost the seat in 2009.
IANS adds :
Gomango said he did not know why his wife joined the BJD.
“I don’t know why she quit the Congress. She can only tell,” he said.