Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Jharsuguda, Jun 29:
Former Odisha Chief Minister and veteran Congress leader Hemanand Biswal has scoffed at reports suggesting that he is all set to quit the party.
“I cannot tell how this was published in the media as I haven’t given any such statement. This is imaginary, baseless and mischievous,” said the prominent tribal leader here yesterday.
It may be recalled that former Odisha Chief Minister Giridhar Gamang and former legislator from Brajrajnagar Anup Sai had also trashed the reports of quitting party, but later joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD) respectively.
When asked whether he would also follow the same line, he said, “It was their personal decision. But I am not leaving Congress.”
“I have no plans to leave the party, which has helped me win six times as a legislator, which had nominated me as a chief minister and given me various vital responsibilities. Rather, I am planning to work for the party to strengthen and organise it,” he said.
When asked whether he would quit party if offered a good deal by BJP or BJD, he quipped asking, “What offer? Will they offer me chief minister’s post?”