Odishatv Bureau

Bhubaneswar: With an aim to strengthen the party and set the house in order before the 2019 general elections, Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee (OPCC) has decided to adopt a 'One Man One Post' strategy.

Congress' Odisha in-charge, Jitendra Singh has advised party members to follow the steps of Salepur MLA Prakash Behera, who resigned from the post of the party's Cuttack district president on Tuesday.

According to sources, all the potential candidates for the upcoming general elections have been advised to relinquish their office-bearer posts. However, party members who have less chances of winning will be appointed in those posts like that of a district president.

"If a person retains a post for a longer period, others fail to get a chance to show their potential. It's necessary for all to grow, move ahead and leave space for others," said Singh.

OPCC president, Niranjan Patnaik said the party is working towards strengthening the constituencies where it has incumbent MLAs so that they can win again in the upcoming election.

"As far as possible we will do that," he added.

Several senior party leaders have welcomed the move with Congress' working committee president Bhakta Charan Das claiming that 'One Man One Post' strategy will help members carry out their responsibilities properly without any extra burden.

Similarly, Opposition Chief Whip and senior party leader Taraprasad Bahinipati supported the move stating that he never took simultaneous posts even though he got elected to the Assembly thrice.

Earlier today in the 'Maha Milana Utsav' of OPCC, several former leaders of the party including Trinamool Congress' Arya Kumar Gyanendra, former MP Kartikeswar Patra and former minister Haldhar Karjee rejoined Congress.