Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Koraput, Mar 12:
The truth behind Koraput MP Jayram Pangi’s sudden unwillingness to contest the next election is now out in the open. He has apparently opted out of the electoral race only to make way for his son Ashok Pangi to get into his shoes under the specious plea of ‘illness’.
The BJD leadership’s reported move to replace Pangi with his son has led to a virtual revolt in the Rayagada district unit of BJD.
Tribal Affairs minister Lalbihari Himirika today sent a fax to party supremo Naveen Patnaik making it clear that he would not contest the election if any member of Pangi’s family is fielded in the incumbent MP’s place.
On the other hand, the chairperson, vice chairperson and councillors of Rayagada municipality have threatened to go a step further and resign from the party altogether if the leadership goes ahead with the move.
Patnaik had reportedly asked district unit chief N Bhaskar Rao to make a ‘discreet’ inquiry as to how the move to give the BJD ticket for Koraput Lok Sabha seats would go down with the local unit of the BJD.