Bhubaneswar: In the run up to 2019 elections, Odisha Congress will declare its first list of candidates within 15 days, informed Odisha Congress in-charge, Jitendra Singh after the Pradesh Congress Committee (PCC) meeting in Bhubaneswar today.
“The crucial meeting of Pradesh Election Committee will be held tomorrow where the criteria of selecting candidates will be finalised. Moreover, the party will certainly announce list of candidates within next 15 days,” said Singh.
Singh further informed that the focus will be given on revival of the party in Odisha. Similarly, be it leaders or workers, they will have to connect with their respective booths.
“The performance of the newly formed PCC team will also be reviewed every month,” Singh added.
Earlier, the newly formed PCC team today met to chalk out poll strategies and plans to strengthen the party from grassroots to the Pradesh level as per directives issued by AICC president Rahul Gandhi.
“There was a brainstorming session on how to strengthen and rejuvenate the party from the grassroots to the Pradesh level. There was also discussion on reaching out to people by highlighting the failures of the Narendra Modi-led NDA government at the Centre and Odisha government,” said senior Congress leader Debasish Patnaik.
Congress is the only party which has given a lot to the State. While the party was in power in the State, a lot of projects were taken up on Mahanadi river much before the Chhattisgarh government.
“The party believes in working for the poor. When Niranjan Patnaik took charge as PCC chief, he had stated to take the party forward in Odisha by taking everyone together,” he added.
Senior Congress leader Pradeep Majhi said, “Suggestions of all office bearers on how to strengthen party will be taken into consideration before finalising strategy.”