Tirtok, Sep 17: In a setback for the opposition Congress ahead of the upcoming Tirtol by-election, senior leader Rajkishore Behera resigned from the party today. He resigned from the primary membership of the party.
Behera has tendered his resignation to Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee (OPCC) president Niranjan Patnaik.
“Please accept this letter as my formal notice of resignation from the primary membership of Indian National Congress, effective from today. I am deeply appreciative of numerous opportunities given to me to serve the people of Tirtol constituency in particular and people of Odisha in general,” said Behera in his letter.
He had contested the 2009 and 2014 Assembly Elections from Tirtol Assembly seat from Congress ticket.
“Behera has lost his popularity after the 2014 elections. He was not given party ticket in the 2019 Elections. There will no impact on the party after his resignation,” said senior Congress leader and Jatani MLA Sura Routray.