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Congressmen ransack Orissa office

The rift over ticket distribution took an ugly turn as livid party workers ransacked the Congress Bhavan and tried to set on fire PCC chief JB Patnaik?s chamber.
PTI | By HT Correspondent, Bhubaneswar
UPDATED ON APR 08, 2004 08:08 PM IST

The rift over ticket distribution took an ugly turn as livid party workers ransacked the Congress Bhavan and tried to set on fire PCC chief J.B. Patnaik’s chamber protesting against the decision to field Speaker Sarat Kar from Bhubaneswar.

Kar joined the Congress a few days back and earlier the Congress had announced the name of Bhagirathi Badajena to contest from the state capital.

On Tuesday evening the name of Kar was announced for the Bhubaneswar seat in place of Badjena, who had already filed his nomination on April 2. Amid tight police arrangement Kar went on a procession and filed his nomination on Wednesday afternoon.

Meanwhile, opposing the AICC decision Badjena resigned from the party and announced to contest independently from Bhubaneswar Assembly seat. In his resignation letter submitted to the PCC president, Badjena said he was feeling offended after Kar’s nomination and thus felt it proper to quit the party. He also refuted the charges of his supporters resorting to the rampage in Congress Bhawan.

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