With Niranjan at Helm, Odisha Congress now in Aggressive Mode

Bhubaneswar: The Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee (OPCC), under leadership of Niranjan Patnaik, has embarked on an aggressive pursuit to strengthen the party organisation. New OPCC team led by Niranjan will meet Rahul for the first time today to  apprise him about the measures undertaken in the last one and half month to strengthen the party organisation in State. It is also likely that the AICC chief will give tips on what strategies the party should adopt in coming days.

“We will meet Rahul Gandhi and inform him about the organisational changes adopted here. The scenario has changed in a matter of one month and we hope that Congress will form government in 2019,” said Jitendra Singh.

“We will inform Rahul Gandhi about the work done in Odisha within last one and half month. Our working presidents and secretary have toured across Odisha and the roadmap will be prepared basing on the report submitted by them,” said the OPCC chief.

The State-wide meetings organised by the party ended in Angul on Friday. After completion of the event OPCC chief Niranjan Patnaik accompanied by party’s Odisha in-charge Jitendra Singh, working presidents Pradeep Majhi and Chiranjib Biswal left for New Delhi to meet AICC chief Rahul Gandhi.

It is speculated that the party will carry out a change in leadership in its 33 district units and seek approval of Congress high-command in this regard. Adopting the ‘One Man One Post’ strategy of the OPCC, Salepur MLA Prakash Behera has already resigned from the post of the party’s Cuttack district president.

Similarly, MLAs Nabakishor Das, Jacob Pradhan and Devendra Sharma also have to forego of their respective posts as district presidents. Mahila Congress president Sasmita Behera will also have to relinquish her current position.

However, out of the 33 district unit presidents, Khurda’s Suresh Kumar Routray, Cuttack City’s Mohammed Moquim, Koraput’s Minakshi Bahinipati and Dhenkanal’s Nabin Chandra Narayan Das will retain their respective posts as OPCC chief Niranjan has earlier advised that only the potential candidates for the upcoming general elections have to relinquish their office-bearer posts. Party members who have less chances of winning will be appointed in those posts like that of a district president.

The party is also likely to appoint youth leader Manas Choudhury as Bhubaneswar district president and Satyabrata Patra as Puri district president.

“Niranjan Patnaik has informed that nearly 15 district presidents will be changed. It is his responsibility to decide about the leadership structure. He has also informed that he will present the list soon,” said OPCC’s Bhubaneswar district president, Manoranjan Dash.