Pradeep bats for new faces in Congress

Bhubaneswar: Amid Congress party’s state organisational revamp talks ahead of 2014 polls, Nabrangpur MP Pradeep Majhi strongly felt that the party must induct new faces to fight the ensuing political battle.

During an hour-long interaction with Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi in New Delhi on Tuesday, Majhi suggested the Congress scion that party should give scope to new faces with leadership qualities to lead from the front.

“Its high time for the party to change game plan to make a win-win situation. If we’ll analyse, there were no new faces in 2000, 2004 and 2009 polls. Of course time has come to prepare for the battle with a changed strategy,” said Majhi.

The parliamentarian replied in negative when asked about any discussion with the Congress heir apparent regarding the change of guard in the state.

"There was no such discussion in the meeting. Rather I will say time is not ripe for me for an organizational leadership. But whoever leads the party in Odisha, we all will co-operate to regain the party’s faded glory,” stated Majhi adding he wanted to work for the state.

On the other hand the young Congress leader hinted that the OPCC chief has failed to meet expectations of the party high command in strengthening the organizational set-up in the state.

“Though a major change was expected it did not happen so under the leadership of Niranjna Patnaik, who is giving his best effort. We'll work under him and expect he will galavanise supporters to work for the party,” quipped Majhi.

Earlier on Monday, Rahul Gandhi had met four heavyweight Congress leaders of state – Srikant Jena, Bhakta Das, Lulu Mohapatra and Jayadev Jena to discuss party's organizational matters.