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Won’t fight polls under Jayadev: Niranjan Patnaik


OST Political Bureau

Bhubaneswar, Nov 10:


Senior Congress leader Niranjan Patnaik has put in the public domain what had so far remained in the realm of speculation: his differences with PCC president Jayadev Jena. In an interview to a local television channel on Sunday, he said he has no desire to contest an election under the leadership of Jena.

“He is much junior to me and I have no desire to contest the assembly election under him,” said the man who was replaced by Jena as the PCC chief.

Patnaik, however, hastened to add that he has no plans of quitting politics. “I will certainly remain in politics because that is what I have done all my life and I can’t think of doing anything else at this stage,” he said.

The comment has expectedly led to ripples in political circles in general and Congress circles in particular.

However, PCC president Jayadev Jena refused to comment when asked to respond  to Patnaik’s statement.