Demonetisation to be Cong’s poll plank in Odisha

Bhubaneswar: The Odisha Congress will reach out to voters in the State highlighting the plight of the common men faced on account of the Centre’s demonetization move.

As per the directions of the All India Congress Committee (AICC), the Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee (OPCC) today convened a meeting of the district presidents and office-bearers of the party in the State and prepared a detailed roadmap on these lines.

In a bid to highlight the problems faced by the common men due to cash crunch, the AICC has appointed 11 conveners. Each convener will be entrusted with the responsibility of three organisational districts.

Moreover, on January 9th, the Mahila Congress through various methods will carry out rally protesting demonetization. The party leaders from the State will also join the National-level protest that Congress has planned on January 11 in New Delhi.

“The common man is suffering due to demonetization move by the Modi-led Central government and the Odisha chief minister has also supported the move. Congress will launch protest against both the Central and State government,” said OPCC chief Prasad Harichandan.

In reply to Congress’ call, Odisha BJP chief spokesperson, Sajjan Sharma said, “People have realized that the step will help going forward and this trust has set in among the people of Odisha. This is the reason why there have been no protests despite facing difficulties. Congress has failed in understanding the needs of Odisha people.”

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However, Odisha in-charge BK Hariprasad and Opposition leader, Narasingh Mishra were not present in the meeting. Narshingh did not attend the meeting despite he was named in the list of conveners. Out of the party’s 33 organizational districts, 19 district presidents attended the meeting.

“The State in-charge has always been trying to keep the team together. It is under his direction that the Congress party has called this meeting. The Opposition leader is not a part of this committee and will attend the meeting of committee in which he is a member,” said OPCC Treasurer, Mohammed Moquim.

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