Bhubaneswar: Condemning the deployment of a group of bouncers at Congress Bhawan here, senior party leader Sarat Rout on Sunday targeted the Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee (OPCC) president, Niranjan Patnaik, for the move.
“This is for the first time in the history of Odisha Congress when bouncers were deployed inside Congress Bhawan. No Congress leader or worker will support the presence of the bouncers inside the party office,” Rout told the media here.
Maintaining that the Congress and the party headquarters in Odisha are under the control of the OPCC president, he said if the former was not aware of the incident, he should have ordered a probe without delay.
“Maybe either the BJD or BJP hade sent these bouncers to Congress Bhawan. But if any Congress leader is behind the incident, action must be taken against that person,” he pointed out.
The incident had taken place two days back when the Student Congress activists were denied entry into the party office by a group of bouncers. Protesting the incident, the activists had staged dharna in front of Congress Bhawan.
Apart from Rout, two senior party leaders Suresh Routray and Tara Prasad Bahinipati had also condemned the incident.