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Tag: Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee

Bharat Bandh: Utkal University Postpones Semester Exams; Tight Security For Lok Seva Bhawan

Bhubaneswar: The authorities of Utkal University on Thursday postponed +3 5th semester (Arts, Science, Commerce) examinations on account of Bharat Bandh tomorrow (March 26). In an official notification, the varsity officials informed that the scheduled semester exam is postponed due to Bharat Bandh and it has been rescheduled for March 30, 2021. It is pertinent […]

Attack On OPCC Chief: Odisha Congress Moves OHRC

Bhubaneswar: The Congress party of State unit on Thursday moved Odisha Human Rights Commission (OHRC) seeking action against the local police for their callousness in connection with the attack on OPCC president Niranjan Patnaik’s vehicle and his personal security officer Rakesh Singh in Keonjhar a few days ago. A Congress delegation led by party spokesperson […]

Odisha: Three More Arrested For Attack Bid On OPCC Chief Niranjan Patnaik

Keonjhar: Police on Wednesday claimed to have arrested three more persons in connection with the attack on Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee (OPCC) Niranjan Patnaik’s vehicle and his personal security officer Rakesh Singh. The trio has been identified as Deepak Kumar Tarei, Sibananda Dehury and Santosh Naik. The total number of arrests in connection with the […]

Lapses In Procurement Of PPE Kits: Congress Demands Resignation Of Odisha Health Minister

Bhubaneswar: Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee (OPCC) on Sunday targeted Odisha government over the alleged lapses in procurement of COVID-19 PPE kits and demanded resignation of Health Minister Naba Das on moral grounds. State Congress leader Sudarshan Das said that Odisha government procured mask costing Rs 1.5 per piece at Rs 16. Health Minister Naba Das […]

Congress flays Naveen government over 'poor healthcare system'

Bhubaneswar: The Congress slammed the ruling BJD-led Odisha Government for its alleged failure in providing adequate healthcare services to the people of the State. At a presser on Saturday, Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee (OPCC) alleged that out of the 6,536 sanctioned posts of doctors, 3,119 posts are lying vacant. There is provision of mere 18, […]

OPCC secretary Pramod Jena quits Congress

Paradip: Expresssing dissatisfaction over ticket distribution, Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee (OPCC) secretary Pramod Kishore Jena along with hundreds of his supporters resigned from the primary membership of party on Friday. Accusing senior leaders including PCC chief Niranjan Patnaik and party’s Jagatsinghpur district president Chiranjibi Biswal of working hand in gloves with the ruling-BJD, Jena alleged […]

Challenge Accepted! It's Badri Patra Vs Niranjan Patnaik in Ghasipura

Bhubaneswar: Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee (OPCC) chief Niranjan Patnaik on Monday accepted the challenge thrown by School and Mass Education Minister and BJD candidate from Ghasipura Assembly constituency Badri Narayan Patra, to contest from the Ghasipura seat. Accepting the challenge from his arch-rival yesterday, Patnaik announced that he would contest from Bhandaripokhari Assembly constituency and […]

Srikant Jena resigns from all OPCC committee posts

Bhubaneswar: Days after being sacked from the Congress Manifesto Committee, senior leader Srikant Jena today resigned from all other core committees of Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee (PCC). Jena has also written a letter to party AICC president Rahul Gandhi informing about his resignation as member of OPCC working committee and election committee of the party. […]

2019 Elections: Odisha Congress approves names of 44 candidates in first phase

Bhubaneswar: As part of its ongoing strategy to reorganize the party ahead of the upcoming general elections, the Odisha Congress’ pradesh election committee (PEC) today finalized the names of 44 probable candidates in the first phase. Though the date for official declaration of the candidates is yet to be announced, Odisha Congress chief Niranjan Patnaik […]

OPCC Chief targets CM Naveen over utilisation of DMF fund

Bhubaneswar: A day after BJD slammed the Centre for maintaining double standards in its much-hyped ‘aspirational districts’ programme, Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee (OPCC) president Niranjan Patnaik trained his guns on Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik over utilisation of the the District Mineral Foundation (DMF) fund for development of districts identified under the programme in the State. […]

Congress to form booth level committees by July 15: Niranjan

Bhubaneswar: A few days after announcing the names of District Congress Chiefs (DCCs), Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee (OPCC) has planned to form zonal, district and booth level committees by July 15. OPCC Chief Niranjan Patnaik stated though not much time is left, the party will ensure formation of the committees within the deadline. Responding to […]

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Demand for opening Srimandir's Ratna Bhandar gains momentum

Bhubaneswar/Puri:  With mystery still shrouding the discovery of duplicate key of Puri Srimandir’s Ratna Bhandar, Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee (OPCC) chief Niranjan Patnaik on Saturday demanded for an audit of the Lord’s treasure trove. In a tweet, OPCC chief wrote, “Mr. Naveen Patnaik, please understand that the recent series of events have left a deep […]

Fuel price hike: Odisha Congress observes 6-hr ‘Chaka jam’

Bhubaneswar/Cuttack: Protesting the rising prices of petroleum products across the country and the State, the Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee (OPCC) is observing a six-hour ‘Chaka jam’ in the twin city today from 6 am to 12 noon. The activists of the OPCC took to streets from early in the morning and were seen picketing at […]

Fuel Price Hike: Odisha Congress to observe 6-hr 'Chaka jam' today

Bhubaneswar: The Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee (OPCC) will observe a six-hour ‘Chaka jam’ agitation in the twin city of Bhubaneswar and Cuttack on Monday to protest the rising fuel prices As per reports, party leaders and activists will gather at various places between 6 AM to 12 noon and request people to halt their vehicles […]

Odisha Congress to bring back leaders who left its fold

Bhubaneswar: The Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee (OPCC) is going to bring back the leaders who had deserted the party due to various circumstances. OPCC chief Niranjan Patnaik has initiated the drive by meeting the leaders in every district, informed working president of OPCC Pradeep Majhi Wednesday. The process to bring back the leaders into the […]

OPCC Chief lambasts Odisha govt, says 18 years of Naveen in power proved detrimental

Bhubaneswar: Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee (OPCC) President Niranjan Patnaik today lambasted the State government on the completion of four years of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik’s fourth term in office. Niranjan alleged that the government has not done any good to Odisha rather destroyed it. The government had given many hopes to people but has failed […]

Focus will be on avoiding past mistakes: New Odisha Congress chief

Bhubaneswar: Accepting past mistakes and ensuring that they are not repeated henceforth seems to be the top agenda of the newly-appointed president of Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee (OPCC), Niranjan Patnaik and his team, which received a rousing welcome at Biju Patnaik International Airport in Bhubaneswar after their arrival from New Delhi today. Patnaik was accompanied […]

Uphill road ahead for new Odisha Congress team

Bhubaneswar: Niranjan Patnaik who once criticized outgoing Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee (OPCC) president Prasad Harichandan’s jumbo team saying ‘too many cooks spoil the broth,’ is now the new OPCC chief and it remains to be seen how he takes the party forward with his team, whose size seems not quite different from his predecessor’s. Eyes […]

Niranjan Patnaik appointed Odisha Congress chief

New Delhi: Putting all speculations to rest, the All India Congress Committee (AICC) today named senior party leader Niranjan Patnaik as the president of the Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee (OPCC). Congress President Rahul Gandhi appointed Patnaik with immediate effect, stated a press release issued by the AICC. Patnaik replaced Prasad Harichandan as the OPCC president. […]

3 OPCC leaders to meet AICC Odisha in-charge in New Delhi

Bhubaneswar: Three senior leaders of Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee (OPCC) are likely to have a discussion with All India Congress Committee (AICC) in-charge of Odisha Jitendra Singh in New Delhi today prior to a scheduled meeting with AICC President Rahul Gandhi. Congress legislators Naba Das and Chiranjib Biswal along with former MP Pradip Majhi left […]

AICC appoints three new secretaries for Odisha

Bhubaneswar: A day after Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee (OPCC) chief Prasad Harichandan said that the state unit of the party will have a ‘Nabakalebara’ (revamp) from booth-level to the top, National Party President Rahul Gandhi today appointed three new secretaries in charge of the state. The three new secretaries – former party MLAs Rudra Raju […]

Odisha Congress chief hints at party revamp soon

Bhubaneswar: The Congress party in Odisha will be revamped right from the grassroots level soon, informed Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee (OPCC) chief Prasad Harichandan today. “Congress will have a ‘Nabakalebara’ (revamp) from booth-level to the top,” Harichandan told mediapersons stating further that results of the organisational election will be declared soon. Sources said senior members […]

Exodus will not impact Congress: OPCC Chief

Bhubaneswar: Hitting out at the leaders who recently quit the party, Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee (OPCC) president Prasad Harichandan said that such exodus will have no impact on the party and the party is still strong. While staging a peaceful demonstration at party headquarters in Bhubaneswar today protesting violence during the Bharat Bandh held by […]

Prasad Harichandan takes onus of Bijepur debacle, steps down as OPCC chief

Bhubaneswar: Owing moral responsibility for the defeat of party candidate in Bijepur bypoll, Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee (PCC) president Prasad Harichandan today stepped down from his position. Party sources said Harichandan sent his resignation letter to Congress president Rahul Gandhi. However, he could not be contacted for immediate comment. The party high command is yet […]

Mother of OPCC chief passes away

Bhubaneswar: Bimala Harichandan, mother of Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee (OPCC) president Prasad Harichandan, passed away on Monday evening. She was 86. She was suffering from old age related ailments for quite some time. She is survived by two sons and three daughters. Prasad Harichandan is her eldest son. Bimala was born in Uparasahi of Khurda […]

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No discussions with Rahul on change of guard: Niranjan

Bhubaneswar: To clear the air over his recent New Delhi visit, at a time when All India Congress Committee (AICC) president Rahul Gandhi had informed that there would not be any changes in the existing leadership of state units, former Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee (OPCC) chief Niranjan Patnaik today informed mediapersons that he had had […]

Buzz around OPCC leadership change gets louder

Bhubaneswar: Buzz around change of guard in the Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee (OPCC) intensified further today after the All India Congress Committee (AICC) appointed new leaders for key posts in its women’s wing and Madhya Pradesh unit. A meeting between Congress party’s Odisha in-charge BK Hariprasad and OPCC chief Prasad Harichandan in New Delhi today […]

OPCC revamp: Will Congress go for its failed formula again?

Bhubaneswar/New Delhi: Amid the ongoing clamour for a change in leadership, the All India Congress Committee (AICC) today held discussions with as many as 36 leaders of Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee (OPCC) and speculations are rife that the party might adopt the ‘1+3’ formula which it had unsuccessfully experimented in 2009. The 1+3 formula was […]

AICC observers meet district presidents of OPCC

Bhubaneswar: A three-member team of observers, constituted by All India Congress Committee (AICC) chief Sonia Gandhi, to assess the political situation in Odisha met various district presidents in the first phase of their visit today. The team discussed the political situation of the party in the State and sought their opinion on the change of […]

Congress legislative party favours Niranjan Patnaik as OPCC President

Bhubaneswar: The demand for change in guard in the Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee (OPCC) has intensified with three heavyweight Congress leaders supporting Niranjan Patnaik who is in a race with Bhakta Charan Das as the new PCC chief. As per sources, All India Congress Committee (AICC) Vice President Rahul Gandhi has also been informed about […]

Senior Congress leaders hold closed-door meeting at LoP’s residence

Bhubaneswar: A closed-door meeting of senior Congress leaders was held at the official residence of Leader of Opposition (LoP) Narasingha Mishra here on Sunday. Veteran Congress leader Niranjan Patnaik, Opposition Chief Whip Tara Prasad Bahinipati, legislators Naba Kishore Das, Anshuman Mohanty, Prafulla Majhi and Devendra Sharma were among the few who attended the meeting. Jharsuguda […]

Odisha Congress demands spl category state status, fin package

Bhubaneswar: Ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit here, Congress on Friday demanded grant of special category state status or a special financial package to Odisha. As Modi is coming to attend BJP’s national executive meeting beginning here tomorrow, he should announce special category state status for Odisha at the same meeting, Odisha Pradesh Congress […]

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Pradeep Majhi resigns from Odisha Congress vice-president post

Bhubaneswar: The eerie silence in the Congress camp amidst the clatter of BJD and BJB was broken after former MP of the party Pradeep Majhi created a flutter by resigning from his post of the Vice President of Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee (OPCC) on Friday. Known to be a strong tribal leader, Majhi resigned from […]

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Congress alleges Puri MLA’s involvement in Swargadwar land grab row

Bhubaneswar: Puri MLA Maheswar Mohanty is the mastermind behind the Swargadwar land grab row alleged Youth Congress Executive President Lokanath in a Press meet today. He said that encroachment of Swargadwar and many illegal activities were performed during Mohanty’s term as the Chairman of Puri Municipality. Lokanath warned that if action regarding the issue is […]

OPCC suspends 2 ZP members for defying party whip

Bhubaneswar: Zilla Parishad member of Umerkote in Nabarangpur district Rabindra Dhal and Zilla Parishad member of Gunupur in Rayagada district Laxmi Sabar were suspended by the Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee (OPCC) for disobeying the party whip in the Zilla Parishad (ZP) chairman election. According to sources, action will be taken regarding the Sundargarh district by […]

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Massive use of black money by BJD, BJP influenced voters: Cong

Bhubaneswar: Making himself accountable to the miserable show of Congress in the three-tier Panchayat polls which was concluded in Odisha today, president of Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee (OPCC) Prasad Harichandan said there are other factors responsible for the dismal performance of his party. “Both BJP and BJP managed to influence the voters through massive use […]

Panchayat polls: BJP makes inroads into BJD bastion

Bhubaneswar: The outcome of the first phase Panchayat polls in Odisha the unofficial results of which was declared yesterday, has become more disconcerting for the ruling BJD as the BJP, its erstwhile ally, has made inroads into its bastion. As per the unofficial results, out of the four Zilla Parishad seats in Narasinghpur block in […]

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Odisha Congress wants PM to intervene in Mahanadi water dispute

Bhubaneswar: Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee (PCC) President Prasad Harichandan on Monday sought the intervention of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to resolve the Mahanadi water dispute with Chhattisgarh. In a letter to the Prime Minister, the PCC President urged him to ensure formation of an Inter-State River Water Dispute Tribunal and direct the Chhattisgarh government to […]

Cong brings back ex-Lanjigarh MLA Sivaji Majhi to party fold

The Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee (OPCC) which had suspended Lanjigarh MLA Shivaji Majhi from the party for not abiding by a party whip meant for Rajya Sabha election held in 2010, today brought him back to the party fold