Himansu Shekhar Rout

The Congress in Odisha has received applications online from over 2500 aspirants for the party tickets to contest Assembly elections while over 670 candidates have applied online to contest Lok Sabhal polls.
Addressing a press meet here in Bhubaneswar on Sunday, President of the Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee (OPCC) Sarat Pattanayak and Pravin Thakur, chairman of pragaman.in informed this. 
Today was the last date for online application through the online portal: pragaman.in for ticket aspirants.  After the application process is over, screening and scrutiny of the applications will be conducted on February 12 and 13. 

Furthermore, the second phase of the online application on pragaman.in will be launched on February 15. A meeting of the PCC will be held on February 19 to prepare a list of the aspiring candidates for Assembly and Loka Sabha seats. The list will be sent to the Screening Committee and after approval, it will be sent to the AICC, he added. 

Pravin Thakur, chairman of pragaman.in said that given the interest and participation of a large number of Congress workers aspiring to fight elections, it indicated the possibility of the party coming to power in Odisha. Over 2500 have applied online for tickets to contest in 147 Assembly constituencies.  We have also received over 670 applications for 21 Lok Sabha seats, he added.

The Congress leaders exuded hope that the direct selection of the candidates without recommendations of any top leaders would bring about a change in the upcoming elections.