Bhubaneswar: Jogesh Singh, who had quit Congress on January 18 a day after being suspended from party, resigned from his MLA post today.
He called on Assembly Speaker Pradip Amat and tendered his resignation from the membership of the House.
On January 17, Congress suspended the Sundergarh MLA for alleged anti-party remarks. Singh reportedly invited the wrath of the State leadership for praising Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and also his refusal to attend Congress president Rahul Gandhi’s scheduled public meeting here on January 25.
At least five senior leaders had quit the party in the last one week. Jharsuguda MLA Naba Kishore Das resigned the grand old party on January 16 while on January 18 Sundargarh MLA Jogesh Singh resigned from the party’s primary membership a day after he was suspended for alleged anti-party activities.
On January 19, the grand old party expelled former Koraput MLA Krishna Chandra Sagaria and former Union Minister Srikant Jena for alleged anti-party activities.
In October last year, Sagaria had also resigned as MLA for “failing to provide justice” to a young Dalit rape victim in Kunduli who eventually committed suicide and also protesting against the State leadership.