Padmalochan Panda resigns from Congress’ primary membership

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Balasore: Former minister and senior Congress leader Padmalochan Panda today resigned from the primary membership of the party alleging lack of coordination and growing infighting among the party members.

Panda, a three-time MLA from Simulia constituency in Balasore district informed about his resignation through a letter to the Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee (OPCC) president Niranjan Patnaik.

Informing about his resignation at a press meet here, Panda said that he deserted Congress due to infighting among the party members and lack of coordination. Panda also said that he will announce his next move on Tuesday.

The senior leader had served as the minister of State for Fisheries and Animal Resources Development and Panchayatiraj departments from February 22, 1999 to March 5, 2000 under the Congress Government.

Panda had been elected as MLA from Simulia Constituency in Congress ticket for three occasions in 9th, 11th and 13th Assembly elections and is considered as a strong leader in Balasore district.

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