Jagatsinghpur, June 24 (LocalWire): Congress leaders of Jagatsinghpur, led by the party observer and Jatni MLA, Sura Routray, held a meeting on Sunday to analyse the party’s defeat in the four Assembly seats and one Lok Sabha seat in the district.
The leaders demanded action against those party men, who they believe, sabotaged the chances of Congress candidates by taking bribe from the Opposition.
Congress MLA candidate from Jagatsinghpur, Chiranjib Biswal and Bapi Sarkhel from Paradip were excluded from the analysis meeting.
The Congress expected to win from Jagatsinghpur, Paradip and Balikuda Erasama seats but after their defeat, speculations were rife that certain party leaders were working in the interest of the BJD and BJP candidates in the district.
The debacle of Congress candidate Biswal shocked the local partymen and they blamed it on sabotage by insiders.
While analyzing the reasons behind the losses, it was found that delay in selection of MLA candidates, receiving bribe from opposition candidates, non co-operation of Pradesh Congress Committee to intensify campaign in favour of party candidates and with no star campaigner to canvass for them were the main reasons behind the defeat of Congress candidates.
Congress candidate Lalatendu Mohapatra lost to BJD MLA and minister Raghunanadan Das from the Balikuda Erasama Assembly seat. Mohapatra alleged that his name was declared just two days before the elections. He also said that several leaders who were sacked due to anti-party activities rejoined after intervention of senior party leaders but they once again betrayed the party and resigned.
Congress Lok Sabha candidate Pratima Mallick who was defeated by BJD candidate Rajshree Mallick said she had applied for an MLA ticket from Tirtol but was instead given the MP ticket from Jagatsinghpur. Congress leader and former MP Bibhu Prasad Tarai said he was forced to resign and join the BJP after the Congress leaders asked him to contest from Tirtol Assembly seat against his consent.
Congress leaders Biplab Chaudhry, Pradipta Sahoo, Shiekh Aminus Sajedinn and others demanded action against the leaders, who worked to ensure the party’s defeat. They said they felt betrayed. However, no one identified any leader while making these accusations at the analysis meeting.
Routray sought the co-operation of all local Congress leaders to strengthen the party stronghold in the grassroots level. ‘I have discussed with former MLA Biswal who gave his assurance to strengthen the stronghold of the party in the municipality areas ahead of the urban local bodies’ elections’ Routray said.
On the other hand, district Congress unit president Natabar Barik took the responsibility of the party candidates’ defeat.