A day after an internal review of the Congress in Orissa pointed intra-party feuds as the main reason for debacle at the Assembly and Lok Sabha polls, AICC general secretary in-charge of Orissa BK Hariprasad got a taste of resentment among the state’s grassroot cadre.
Hariprasad, who is in Orissa since Wednesday to analyse the party’s poor performance behind closed doors at PCC office, faced protests from a handful of party workers who described the whole process as “farce” while shouting “Hariprasad down down”.
“What sort of analysis is this? He is talking to people who are responsible for the defeat,” said a party worker, who tried to barge into the room where Hariprasad was speaking to presidents of 33 organisational districts of the party.
“Why is he not meeting grassroot workers,” asked another leader.
On Wednesday, Hariprasad said most district presidents blamed internal conflict as the main reason for the party’s defeat in the state.
With just 16 seats in Assembly, Congress recorded its worst-ever performance in history winning just 5.5 million votes, 25.7 per cent of the votes polled. Had it secured 2 less seats, it would have lost the right to the LoP status in the Assembly. In the Lok Sabha election too, Congress for the first time drew a blank despite getting 26 per cent votes, while BJP with 21.5 per cent votes bagged only the Sundargarh seat. The rest 20 were bagged by BJD. In 2009, Congress had won 27 Assembly seats.