June 15, 2011 12:02:36 am
The controversy over an audio tape allegedly containing the voice of an Orissa minister on horse-trading of a Congress MLA during last years Rajya Sabha polls has resulted in the state Congress suspending the accused legislator.
Orissa PCC president Niranjan Patnaik suspended Sibaji Majhi,Congress MLA from Lanjigarh in Kalahandi,whose name came up in the tape played by Kanak TV,a local television channel,last week. The tape purportedly contained the voice of Labour Minister Pushpendra Sighdeo finalising a deal for the victory of three BJD candidates in 2010 Rajya Sabha poll.
The BJD had won all the three seats after Bhimsen Choudhury (BJP),Sibaji Majhi (Congress) and Gregory Minz (Congress) abstained from voting,paving the way for the election of BJDs Pyari Mohan Mohapatra,Sashi Bhushan Behera and Baishnab Parida.
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