AICC to revoke suspension of Moquim and Chiranjeevi soon: Saluja
Bhubaneswar: In a significant development, former MLA Hema Gamang, spouse of former Chief Minister Giridhar Gamang, is set to rejoin the Congress. The formal rejoining is scheduled to take place at the party’s State headquarters on January 7, following the approval from the All India Congress Committee. Hema Gamang confirmed that discussions regarding her return have already been initiated with PCC president.
Leading up to the upcoming 2024 general elections, political dynamics in Odisha, particularly within the BJD and Congress, reflect a notable trend of ‘bringing back old guards’, who were either previously expelled or had voluntarily departed from the party for various reasons.
The ruling BJD recently rescinded the dismissal order issued against Dr. Damodar Rout, a former Minister and seven-time MLA, who was ousted in 2018 due to alleged anti-party activities.
Sources suggest that the return to the party is not limited to Hema Gomang alone; former Chief Minister Giridhar Gamang and his son Sisir Gamang are also expected to make a comeback.
Adding to the realignment, there are indications that former Union Minister Srikant Jena might reconsider and rejoin the party.
In parallel developments within the Congress, Senior MLA and Congress Discipline Committee chairman Santosh Singh Saluja announced that the suspension order on senior leaders, MLA Mohammad Moquim and former MLA Chiranjeev Biswal, is slated to be lifted shortly.
The Congress in Odisha is gearing up for crucial discussions and strategic planning, as Ajoy Kumar, the newly appointed Congress Odisha-in-charge, is set to arrive on January 6 for a two-day visit. Important meetings are scheduled for January 6 and 7 to address key issues related to party organization and pre-poll strategies.