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JAN AKROSH: SEPARATE CONG DEMOS IN B’NGIR Tuesday, 29 November 2016 | PNS | BALANGIR | in Bhubaneswar 1
JAN AKROSH: SEPARATE CONG DEMOS IN B’NGIR
Tuesday, 29 November 2016 | PNS | BALANGIR | in Bhubaneswar
The protest by members of the Balangir District Congress against demonetization at two different places has brought the factionalism in the unit to the fore.
While one group led by District Congress Committee president Bhagaban Bagarti, Renuka Patra, Bidhu Bhushan Tripathy and others staged a dharna before the collectroate, another group led by Samrendra Mishra, son of Leader of Opposition (LoP) Narsingha Mishra, Biren Mishra, Laxman Meher, Sudhir Parischha and Sudam Sahu staged a dharna before State Bank of India main branch office.
“The demonetization move by the Central Government has affected the common man the most. The AICC has given a call to observe Jan Akrosh Divas. The AICC is observing it at Delhi and PCC is observing at State level, while the DCC at district and block congress at block level,” said Balangir DCC president Bagarti.
Asked to comment on another unit of Congress, Town Congress unit led by Samrendra Mishra, Bagarti said the AICC has instructed to observe the programme at all levels and there is nothing wrong with the stir by the Town Congress as it is also a unit of the party. He, however, denied that it was factionalism in the DCC.
“The Town Congress has received communication from the PCC and we are staging protest dharna before the main branch of the SBI against the demonetization by the Modi Government,” Mishra said, adding that the dharna by the DCC was “just a coincidence”.
However, political observers here feel that there are two factions in Balangir Congress. While one group backs LoP Mishra, another backs former Congress MP from Balangir Sarat Pattnaik.