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Trouble begins for Jaydev after JB Return to Odisha

Bhubaneswar, Dec 12: Seems like all is not well in the Congress party in the state as Odisha Pradesh Congress  Committee (OPCC) chief Jayadev Jena feels insecured about his post after his party leaders left for Delhi to meet party high command and veteran leader Janaki Ballav Patnaik returned to state completing his tenure as Assam Governor.

However, Jena on Friday broke his silence over the reports of a demand within his party for a change of leadership in the state unit. He said that there is no pressure or lobby in the party for the change of leadership.

Addressing a press conference today, Jena said, "No lobby or groupism works in Congress for leadership change; it is the Congress high command's decision, which is final in these matters".

While pleading ignorance about his party delegation's Delhi tour to meet Sonia Gandhi, he further said that the final decision about the leadership change can only be taken by the high command, who has information about the activities of workers within the party in the states through different agencies.

Commenting on the get-together at former CM and senior Congress leader Hemanand Biswal's place on Tuesday, Jena said, "It would have been better if the discussion would have held in party forum".

The report about leadership change surfaced after Biswal had thrown a party for a select group of party's State leaders to revive the party just before JB Patnaik's return to Odisha after completing term in Assam as the Governor.

In his first public utterance at the airport yesterday, Patnaik said that he was in politics and would continue to remain politics.

It can be noted that Congress bit the dust in the recent assembly and Lok Sabha elections under the state leadership of Jena. Even rift has been noticed in the party between Jena and former OPCC chief Niranjan Patnaik. The partymen think JB Patnaik is the only hope who can save the party in Odisha from such turmoil.

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