Bhubaneswar: Apparently disgusted over
the affairs in Orissa Pradesh Congress Committee (OPCC), its
president K P Singhdeo has offered to quit the post.
"The sooner I am relieved the better," Singhdeo told
reporters after a meeting of the district returning officers
of the party yesterday.
Stating that he was forcibly asked to take reign of
OPCC before the 2009 Lok Sabha polls, Singhdeo said: "I was
forcibly sent here. As I am a military man, I could not say
Singhdeo, who did not contest Lok Sabha polls, was
facing heat within the party ever since he joined as OPCC
chief. The dissidence against him reached its zenith after
Congress performing badly by winning only 27 seats in the
Orissa Legislative Assembly against BJD`s 103 seats.
Citing as reason behind his desire to quit, Singhdeo
said he had been shuttling between Bhubaneswar and New Delhi
due to the coming Commonwealth Games.
Singhdeo is president of Indian Rowing Federation and
therefore part of the preparatory committee for the October
CWG. "I cannot defer the games which are slated to start from
October 3," he told reporters.