Balasore: Former minister and senior Congress leader Padmalochan Panda today resigned from the party alleging lack of coordination and infighting in the party.
He has sent his letter of resignation to PCC president Niranjan Patnaik.
A three times MLA, Panda said the growing intra party squabble and lack of coordination forced him to desert the party. He will announce his future course of action with a day or two.
The veteran Congress leader had served as the minister of State for Fisheries and Animal Resources Development and Panchayatiraj departments from February 22, 1999 to March 5, 2000 under the Congress Government.
Panda had been elected to State Assembly from Simulia on Congress ticket for three terms. Panda was a strong of Congress in Balasore.