The Congress on Tuesday expelled Soumya Ranjan Patnaik, former MP and son-in-law of the former Odisha Chief Minister J.B. Patnaik, from primary membership of the party, sending out a tough message to leaders in the faction-ridden State unit ahead of the Assembly and Lok Sabha polls. AICC general secretary B.K. Hariprasad said he indulged in “gross indiscipline” and organised parallel meetings, ignoring the PCC. —PTI