Speculation over OPCC chief to end soon!

Bhubaneswar: Despite putting the onus on Congress high Command Sonia Gandhi to select OPCC President, the party has been hunting for a unanimous candidate to be at the helm of affairs in the state.

Jagdish Tytler, who has been entrusted with the responsibility of Orissa in-charge replacing Ghulam Nabi Azad, conducted closed-door meetings with party members and office bearers to solicit their opinions.

Tytler arrived here yesterday on a two-day visit to state which is fourth trip after he assumed the charge.

As per sources, Tytler has recorded the observations and opinions of partymen after marathon meetings here. Senior party leaders say, though the final decision rests with Sonia Gandhi, Tytler’s recommendation would play a pivotal role in the selection of the top post.

The new OPCC President will be declared after the Assembly elections in Assam, West Bengal, Tamilnadu, Kerala and Pondicherry are over, Tytler informed.

Earlier this month, the Congree Working Committee (CWC) member had asked partymen not to frequent Delhi to ventilate their problems. Further, he advised the members to get closer to masses and strengthen party at grassroot levels.

Notably, the state party leaders had been frequenting 10 Janpath and meeting other senior leadership to turn the table on them.