Pradeep Pattanayak

Samir Mohanty will continue as the President of the Odisha unit of the BJP, said party's state general secretary Prithviraj Harichandan on Tuesday, putting an end to speculations around a new leader ahead of 2024 general election. 

As Mohanty’s three-year term was about to end, speculations were rife that the State unit of the saffron party would get a new president.  

In the meantime, State BJP general secretary Prithviraj Harichandan cleared the air, announcing Mohanty will continue to lead the State unit of the party. 

“Under the leadership of Samir Mohanty, the party has been going on the right path. The party has become more powerful. And in the coming days, the party will contest the 2024 general elections under his leadership,” said Harichandan. 

At a time when the party has decided that it will fight the 2024 general election under the leadership of Samir Mohanty, BJP leader Giridhar Gamang’s son Shishir Gamang on Tuesday stirred up a hornet’s nest saying the State unit of BJP has a leadership crisis. 

On January 13, the former Odisha Chief Minister Giridhar Gamang and his son Sisir met Bharat Rashtra Samithi (BRS) president and Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao in Hyderabad.