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Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

In a bid to encourage Congress workers and strengthen the organisation at grassroots, Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee (OPCC) has decided to embark on a padyatra in each and every district of the State from June 9.

The decision has been taken by the newly-appointed president of the State Congress Sarat Pattnayak during the two-day long ‘sankalp sibir’ of the State Congress in Bhubaneswar.

As per party sources, Pattnayak himself will join the padyatra along with party workers in each and every district of Odisha starting from next week.

“We have formed a new strategy to strengthen the party structure in the State. We will give a tough fight to BJD in coming elections. Those who are thinking that Congress couldn’t come back to power should change their mentality,” said Pattnayak.

The grand old party in the State has also decided to organise an annual meeting of the party in the block and the district level. Six committees have also been formed to strengthen and enhance the performance of the party.

“As per the instruction of AICC, regular discussions will be held among the party leaders on political, economic, social justice, women empowerment, agriculture and farmers’ issues and various steps will be taken accordingly,” said Pattnayak.

Notably, Pattnayak has been appointed as the president of Odisha Congress for the second time. Earlier, he had served as PCC chief from 2001 to 2004.

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