Cassian Baliarsingh

With the 2024 general elections inching closer, Odisha Congress is aiming to make a big impact and consolidate its position amidst a predicted two-way battle between BJD and the BJP.

A preparatory meeting was held under the chairmanship of Congress’ Odisha in-charge Chellakumar on Sunday at the Congress Bhawan in Bhubaneswar. The meeting attended by party bigwigs including MPs, MLAs, district presidents and general secretaries, discussed crucial strategies for booth strengthening and reaching out directly to the voters. The party is planning to form core groups to strengthen grassroots.

The meeting also focused on implementing key ideas and roadmaps to gain back its lost voters. As per reports, Congress will be launching a two-month-long ‘Haath se Haath Jodo’ Abhiyan in January, wherein party leaders will highlight the failures of Centre and state government. Setting the agenda to make ‘Haath se Haath Jodo Abhiyan’ a success, senior party leaders have been entrusted with critical responsibilities. The next meeting will focus on brainstorming of the karyakartas, workers and also would discuss the shortcomings plaguing the party.

“We cannot deny the fact that people are slowly losing their trust and hope on our party for various reasons. So, there is a need for preparatory and re-evaluation meetings. We will discuss, take decisions and leave no stone unturned to make a rock solid comeback,” said former LoP Narasingha Mishra.

Veteran Congress leader Sura Routray said, “Immediate steps will be taken to form committees. Eligible persons will be appointed as per their qualities to strengthen the party. More youths from ST/SC, OBC and other minorities will be involved.”

“Another meeting will be held to discuss factors responsible for the downfall of the party and steps needed to uplift it again. Congress will try to put an end to all our vote leaks,” he further stated.

Similarly, Congress MLA Tara Prasad Bahinipati said, “We do not have anything to do with BJD’s poll preparations. I can only say about Congress. As far as our party is concerned, we are not walking behind anybody. Our members are committed. We will fight with full might in the 2024 elections.”

On the other hand, preparations have already begun in the BJD and the BJP camp as both the parties had organised crucial meetings on December 15 and 17, respectively, to discuss poll strategy.