Bhubaneswar, Jan 29:
A day after withdrawing the suspension on Chitrakonda MLA Mamata Madhi, the Pradesh Congress Committee (OPCC) on Wednesday revoked the suspension of Lanjigarh MLA Sivaji Majhi in what is being seen as a desperate measure to keep its flock together for the upcoming Rajya Sabha election.
PCC disciplinary committee chairman Harihar Karan made the announcement here on Wednesday.
Majhi was one of the two Congress MLAs who had abstained from voting during the last Rajya Sabha polls in 2010 flouting the party whip. Their absence had ensured the victory of the BJD’s fourth candidate Baishnab Parida despite the fact that the ruling party did not have the numbers in the Assembly to get him elected.
The party had taken disciplinary action against Majhi on June 14, 2011 within a week of the release of an audio tape, which claimed that two ministers of the Naveen Patnaik ministry – Pushpendra Singhdeo and Atanu Sabyasachi Nayak – had negotiated with Majhi to refrain from voting in the polls.
The revocation of the suspension of Majhi at this stage is being seen as an attempt by the party leadership to prevent a repeat of what happened last time.