Himansu Shekhar Rout

The Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee (OPCC) is reportedly gearing up for the 2024 elections with plans for an Odisha Bachao Samavesh on January 29 in Bhubaneswar. 

Significantly, the president of the All India Congress Committee (AICC) Mallikarjun Kharge will come to Odisha on January 29 to attend the Odisha Bachao Samavesh organised by the state unit of the party at Lower PMG Square. His visit is expected to give an impetus to party workers and leadership before carrying out a full-fledged election campaign in the state.  

Addressing a presser in Bhubaneswar on Saturday, PCC president Sarat Pattanayak informed that the AICC is laying focus on Odisha and a great change is going to take place. 

“Khargeji is coming to Odisha to be a partner of the change in the political landscape. He will reach here on January 29 to address the Odisha Bachao Samavesh,” Pattanayak said.

"The veteran Congress leader also will meet senior party leaders. We have 17 parties in the INDIA bloc. He will hold talks with the leaders of these parties aligned with the INDIA bloc," he added.

The PCC president urged the people of Odisha to support the Samavesh to make it a success.  

Pattanayak also stated that during Kharge’s first visit to Odisha, the party president would hold discussions with leaders about the routes of the upcoming Bharat Nyay Yatra of Rahul Gandhi and review its preparation.

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The PCC president also trained guns at the state government and asserted that the rule by non-Odias would not be allowed in the long term. 

No comments were received from the ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD).