Bhubaneswar: Senior Congress leader and Jatni legislator Suresh Kumar Routray will not be contesting the elections scheduled for 2024. Talking to newsmen, Suresh said that his son Sidharth Routray would replace him in the constituency and contest on a INC ticket. “There is no question of my son contesting from any other political party,” he said.
The senior INC leader added that he would continue to work for the Congress party. Suresh further claimed that Congress will return to main flow in Odisha and in the country. “Rahul Gandhi will be the next Prime Minister while Sarat Pattanayak will be the chief minister of Odisha,”.
There had been speculation about him withdrawing from the contest after he was issued a show cause notice for his statement about Congress votes being sold to the BJD after the miserable defeat of the party’s candidate in the Padampur By-Election.