Bhubaneswar, Nov 1: Jatni politics has taken a U-turn after Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee president Sarat Pattanayak told media persons that the party will further field MLA Suresh Kumar Routray in Jatni respecting people's wish.
Pattanayak told this after party conclave in Khordha on October 27.
When asked about his candidature, the veteran leader, who had earlier announced his retirement for vote politics, said he will consider on Pattanayak's opinion.
According to sources, top Congress leaders are interested in fielding Routray and pressuring him for this also.
Earlier, the veteran Congress leader had announced that his younger son Manmanth Routray will carry his legacy forward in Jatni. Manmath also quit his job and kept himself busy in organisational works in the constituency. However, things took an ugly turn when he announced not to contest on Congress ticket following which the party suspended him.
On the other hand, Manmath's inclination towards BJD put father Suresh Routray in dilemma, who is known as a strong critic of the ruling party.
Later, Suresh's elder son Sidharth Routray joined Congress following his footsteps and in the race for party ticket in Nimapada.
On being asked about the development, Manmath said he is not aware of the incident and will discuss with his father after returning to capital city. He also expressed happiness over the veteran's candidature and wished him to keep himself busy in service of Jatni people.