Bhubaneswar: Senior Congress Leader and former Chief Minister Hemanand Biswal blames AICC for Congress debacle in Bijepur Bypoll. He said that we recommended Ripunath Seth’s name as candidate, it was changed at AICC level leading to party’s poor performance Bijepur Bypoll .
OPCC discplinary committee chairman Sandhya Mohapatra questions senior Congress leader Hemanand Biswal’s silence on candidate selection before Bijepur Bypoll, asks why he did not raise the issue then. Congress candidate Pranay Sahu rubbishes fixing allegations in by-election, says everything was all right till February 20, but in last 3 days, rumours about poor financial condition of party fueled its chances of debacle .
Party itself responsible for defeat in Bijepur Bypoll; there was delay in candidate selection, setting up election management team says Senior Congress Leader Sura Routray.