Nityananda Pradhan quits CPI
Saturday, November 15, 2008
Nityananda Pradhan quits CPI

Bhubaneswar: One of the strong bastions of the Left party in Ganjam district is tumbling like a pack of cards. This is the district from where Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has been elected to the State Assembly for the last two terms. Disgruntled with the CPI’s ideology and activities, more and more activists of the Left party from this district have been joining the BJD.

Known as the face of the Left, three-time former CPI MLA Nityananda Pradhan on Thursday sent his resignation to the party’s national general secretary AB Bardhan and State secretary Dibakar Nayak. In his letter, Pradhan has stated that the political and organisational situation in the party had disheartened the people. “There is no fellow feeling among the leaders. The leaders are not above suspicion of the public. Under these circumstances, I feel my mission of working for the poor will not materialise, if I continue in the CPI,” Pradhan stated in his letter.

State secretary Nayak said as a show-cause notice was issued to Pradhan for his anti-party activities, he had resigned from the party. The show-cause notice was issued to Pradhan on last Tuesday. Nayak further alleged that though a number of times Pradhan was cautioned not to indulge in anti-party activities, he did not refrain from doing so.

Pradhan’s strained relations with the CPI started after the BJD successfully poached his niece Renubala Pradhan. As a solid strategy, the BJD also offered her the Rajya Sabha seat. Only on October 27, the sarpanches and samiti members from Ganjam, including senior CPI leader Nityananda Pradhan’s daughter and former block chairperson of Sheragarh Latika Pradhan, had joined the BJD.

From that day, there was speculation that Pradhan would soon join BJD. On that day, Latika also hinted that her father Nitayanada Pradhan would soon join the party. However, he has not yet formally joined the BJD.

It is speculated that Pradhan may be given a BJD ticket from the Aska Lok Sabha seat. Present Aska MP Harihar Swain was expelled from the BJD for cross-voting. Now, it has become more important for Naveen and his party to keep the seat in the coming election. “It is a part of a strategy of Naveen,” pointed out a senior BJD leader.

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