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Oraon’s outburst gets party goat

Ranchi, June 1: Rameshwar Oraon’s recent criticism of the state Congress leadership in the guise of blaming a few “individuals” for his defeat in the Lok Sabha elections, has prompted the party to think of initiating disciplinary action against him.

A day after, Jharkhand PCC spokesperson Rajesh Thakur iterated while the party was desperately trying to keep its organisation focussed on the forthcoming Assembly polls, the anti-party outbursts of the former IPS officer wasn’t helping matters.

“The issue (Oraon making anti-leadership remarks) has been taken seriously. The state party in-charge (B.K. Hariprasad) and the state leadership would be apprised of the matter. We will demand disciplinary action against him,” Thakur said.

Oraon, who lost the Lohardaga seat to the BJP’s Sudarshan Bhagat by 6,000 votes, vented his ire in front of the local media, saying “individuals” within the party worked against him, even claiming he was set to emerge victorious from Lohardaga this time.

Although he did not mention names, it was clear to one and all that Oraon’s anger was directed against state Congress chief Sukhdeo Bhagat and those close to him. But, despite mounting pressure, Oraon, the chairman of National Commission for Scheduled Tribes (NCST), doesn’t look like backing down. “I am not speaking against the party. But there are some individuals who did not help me in the elections which led to my defeat by a very thin margin,” Oraon told The Telegraph.

“Soon after the elections, I also wrote to Sukhdev Bhagat, highlighting that I had not got the kind of help I was supposed to get. Now, I will raise the issue with Congress seniors in Delhi,” he added.

The controversy comes amid several post-mortems the Congress is holding in the state.