ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846
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Orissa : Difficult Task

Difficult Task IN an ironic turn of events the Congress high command which had sidelined Giridhar Gamang at the last minute to install J B Patnaik as the chief minister of Orissa in 1995, had to turn to Gamang to tide over what appeared to be an irresolvable factional conflict gripping the Congress Legislature Party (CLP). The alliance which was forged by the then chief minister J B Patnaik and his two deputy chief ministers, Basant Biswal and Hemanand Biswal, to keep out Gamang in 1995, did not take long to crumble under the pressure of an internal power struggle. Soon Hemanand Biswal resigned his deputy chief ministership and had to be accommodated as the pradesh Congress committee chief. While Basant Biswal, though continuing as deputy chief minister in Patnaik

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