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Tag: Opcc

Congress MLA Narasingha Mishra
Rahul Gandhi’s mantra of unity and discipline will resurrect Congress in Odisha: Narasingha Mishra

The Congress delegation on Tuesday returned from a two-day trip to New Delhi where they met Rahul Gandhi to discuss issues pertaining to the party's Odisha unit and its leadership.

Next OPCC chief must be from among MLAs only, or else…, reiterates Bahinipati
Next OPCC chief must be from among MLAs only, or else…, reiterates Bahinipati

OPCC needs immediate change in leadership for good and the All India Congress Committee (AICC) should come up with a permanent solution to the problem plaguing the party...

Odisha Congress MLAs Want Change Of Guard In OPCC

OPCC president Niranjan Patnaik, however, said that he had tendered his resignation from the PCC chief post after the 2019 debacle.

Rising Crimes Against Women & Children: Odisha Congress Plans Massive Protests On Dec 21

Bhubaneswar: Amid the sudden spurt in crimes against women and children in Odisha, the State unit of Congress on Friday turned the heat on the BJD government and announced that the party will launch massive state-wide demonstrations over the deteriorating situation. OPCC president Niranjan Patnaik said the Congress will stage peaceful demonstrations in front of […]

Congress Unlikely To Change Its Leadership In Odisha, Says CWC Member

Bhubaneswar: Even as speculations over change of guard in Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee (OPCC) continues to heat up, senior leader and member of Congress Working Committee (CWC) Rama Chandra Khuntia on Sunday said no such proposal has been made as of now. Asked about whether any discussion on the appointment of new State party chief […]

Odisha Congress Working President Targets Sonia Gandhi Over Rajasthan Crisis

Bhubaneswar: Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee (OPCC) working president and former MP, Pradeep Majhi on Wednesday courted controversy by blaming AICC chief Sonia Gandhi for the political crisis in Rajasthan. The former Congress MP said that the one who is leading the party is to be blamed for the present situation of Congress as the responsibility […]

Odisha By-elections
Change Of Guard In Odisha Congress Likely, ‘13 Leaders In Fray For Chief Post’

Bhubaneswar: Will Niranjan Patnaik continue to be the president of Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee (OPCC) or there will be a change of guard? As intense speculations over the development continue to do rounds in the political circles, Congress MLA Sura Routray on Sunday said that there are as many as 13 candidates in the fray […]

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 […]

Bouncers In Congress Bhavan: Sura Takes U-Turn, Says It’s An Opposition Ploy

Bhubaneswar: Congress veteran and Jatani MLA Sura Routray took a u-turn from his earlier remarks over gathering of bouncers in Congress Bhavan a few days ago. Going back on his previous comments that he will never tolerate such indiscipline in Congress, Routray surprised everyone by denying involvement of any Congress leaders behind the deployment of […]

AICC, Odisha Congress Lack Coordination: MLA Sura Routray

Bhubaneswar: A day after ruckus by party members during the extended executive body meeting of the Pradesh Youth Congress, senior Congress leader Sura Routray today said that lack of coordination between AICC and Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee (OPCC) has led to resentment within the party. Amidst the speculations over change of guard in the youth […]

Odisha Congress Looks To Revive Party Starting With Selection Of Youth Wing Chief

Bhubaneswar: In a bid to revive the Grand Old Party in Odisha, veteran and seasoned leaders of the State unit of Congress met at the party headquarters here in the city to deliberate on the forthcoming selection of a fitting candidate to spearhead the youth wing of the party. As per reports, as applications were […]

Odisha Congress to launch campaign against CAA

Bhubaneswar: The Odisha unit of Congress party will launch a state-wide campaign against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), informed Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee(OPCC) President Niranjan Patnaik. The OPCC chief informed that different programmes will be organised similar to ‘Bharat Bachao’ rally held in Delhi recently. The agitation will be launched after December 28 which is […]

Srikant Jena, Niranjan Patnaik bonhomie fuels speculation

Bhubaneswar: A meeting between OPCC chief Niranjan Patnaik and expelled Congress leader Srikant Jena has fuelled speculations of the latter’s return to the party. During the 11th day post-death rituals of former MLA Brundaban Patra, the OPCC chief was seen having a extended jovial conversation with Jena. While this is said to be the first […]

Niranjan Patnaik sold Congress to BJD: NSUI Convenor 

Bhubaneswar: Infighting within the Odisha Congress came out in the open today when Itish Kumar Pradhan, convenor of the student wing of the party (National Students Union of India, NSUI), openly accused Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee (OPCC) chief Niranjan Patnaik of ‘selling’ the grand old party to the ruling-BJD in the State. Addressing a presser […]

After AICC, Will Odisha Congress Get A New Chief?

Bhubaneswar: Following the appointment of Sonia Gandhi as the interim president of All India Congress Committee (AICC), speculations are now rife that a revamp of the leadership of Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee (OPCC) is in the offing as the current chief Niranjan Patnaik has already tendered his resignation. Taking moral responsibility of party’s poll debacle […]

Op-Ed: Congress in Odisha Needs A Thorough Overhaul

By Ashutosh Mishra Bhubaneswar: The AICC-appointed Odisha Congress in-charge, Jitendra Singh recently dropped clear hints about a through revamp of the party structure in the state. Such an exercise seems to have become imperative following Congress’s crushing defeat in the recent Lok Sabha and assembly elections in the state. While in the Lok Sabha the […]

Odisha Congress Will Have A Massive Reshuffle, Says Jitendra Singh

Bhubaneswar: With an aim to rejuvenate the party workers following the poll debacle, Odisha Congress is planning a major rejig in the party, informed party’s State in-charge Jitendra Singh. Speaking to the media here on Wednesday, Singh said that a ‘massive reshuffle’ will take place within the party in the coming days in Odisha. “We […]

Congress forms six sub-committees to review poll debacle in Odisha

Bhubaneswar: Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee (OPCC) has formed six teams to analyse and find out the reasons behind Congress’ poll debacle in the recently concluded 2019 election. After the first meeting of Odisha Congress’ fact-finding team held here on Saturday, party MLA Narasingha Mishra said that the post-mortem report of the party’s poll debacle will […]

OPCC chief Niranjan Patnaik quits post after poll debacle

Bhubaneswar: Taking moral responsibility of poor show of form in the Odisha Assembly and Lok Sabha Elections 2019, the State Pradesh Congress Committee (OPCC) president Niranjan Patnaik today announced his resignation from the post. Patnaik during a presser in Bhubaneswar today informed that he has already sent his resignation to All India Congress Committee (AICC) […]

OPCC chief alleges manhandling of party poll agents in Ghasipura

Bhubaneswar: Even before Congress had finalised its candidate for the Ghasipura Assembly constituency in Keonjhar, the poll season’s first war of words between the two political heavyweights in the race- BJD’s Badri Patra and Odisha Congress president Niranjan Patnaik, had already begun. Today, as polling is underway in the constituency, the OPCC chief stated that […]

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 […]

Congress candidate Judhistir Samantaray pulls out of fray over 'horse trading'

Pipili: Former Pipili MLA and Congress candidate Judhistir Samantaray today pulled out of fray and leveled serious allegations against Orissa Pradesh Congress Committee (OPCC) chief Niranjan Patnaik. The matter came to light after a video showing Judhistir making such allegations while addressing his supporters went viral. Though Judhistir Samantaray was nominated for Pipili Assembly seat […]

Prakash Behera, Third Sitting MLA in a Row to Quit Congress

Bhubaneswar: Party-switching by political leaders is a common phenomenon during elections but when sitting MLAs quit a party that too just ahead of elections, it dwindles political prospects of that particular party. After Naba Das and Jogesh Singh, Salepur MLA Prakash Behera today resigned from the primary membership of Congress. In his resignation letter to […]

Elections 2019: Odisha Congress sends candidate list to AICC

Bhubaneswar: While the 2019 elections are a few weeks away, the Pradesh Congress today sent a tentative list of poll candidates to the party’s Central Election Committee (CEC). In presence of party’s Odisha in-charges, Jitendra Singh and TS Singh Deo, AICC Screening Committee members and Odisha Congress chief Niranjan Patnaik, the Pradesh Election Committee (PEC) […]

Odisha Congress opposes bifurcation of ECoR by Centre

Bhubaneswar: Strongly opposing the move of the Centre to bifurcate Waltair railway division of East Coast Railway, Odisha Congress president Niranjan Patnaik today accused the Central government of discriminating against the State. Speaking to media in Bhubaneswar today, Patnaik alleged that the Centre has taken this decision as part of a strategy to discriminate against […]

Srikant Jena issue driving wedge between Odisha Congress leaders

Bhubaneswar: The newfound enthusiasm among Odisha Congress cadres following the success in the recently concluded Assembly Elections is continually being undermined by infighting fuelled by the issue surrounding the removal Srikant Jena from party’s manifesto committee. While Jena and Odisha Congress chief Niranjan Patnaik had been at loggerheads, senior leader Kanhu Charan Lenka and Krushna […]

Srikant-Niranjan fight
Srikant-Niranjan war of words exposes chinks in Congress armour

Bhubaneswar: Disappointing though for the oldest party in the country, the latest war of words between Srikant Jena and Niranjan Patnaik today, after the former’s removal from the party’s manifesto committee for the 2019 polls, clearly doesn’t augur well for rank and cadres besides supporters of the Congress. Jena today brought allegations against Niranjan of […]

Gujarat MLA Jignesh Mevani
Jignesh Mevani alleges BJP-BJD nexus over Rafale

Bhubaneswar: Gujarat Vadgam MLA Jignesh Mevani launched a scathing attack on the BJP-led Central government and the BJD-led Odisha government alleging that there is a secret nexus between both the parties. Targeting the ruling-BJD during a public meeting at Swadhinata Sangrami Ground in Bhubaneswar on Tuesday, Jignesh alleged that the Odisha government failed to provide […]

OPCC chief extends support to farmers’ agitation

Cuttack: Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee (OPCC) chief Niranjan Patnaik on Friday extended support to the agitation launched by farmers under the aegis of Naba Nirman Krushak Sangathan (NNKS) demanding price, prestige and pension. Patnaik also joined the farmers’ padyatra, which reached Cuttack yesterday, and said: “The farmers are not affiliated to any political party and […]

Odisha govt lying about casualties in cyclone Titli: BJP

Bhubaneswar: The State unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Monday intensified its attack on the Odisha government by accusing it of suppressing actual figures on casualties in cyclonic storm Titli. Claiming that a total of 45 persons have died in the cyclonic storm and subsequent floods, Odisha BJP general secretary Bhrugu Baxipatra said […]

Odisha govt's own food security scheme is politically motivated: OPCC chief

Bhubaneswar: Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee (OPCC) president Niranjan Patnaik on Tuesday trained his guns on the State government alleging that the ruling BJD is indulged in vote-bank politics and its own food security scheme is a political move to woo voters. Speaking on the sidelines of the 150th Gandhi Jayanti celebrations at Swaraj Ashram in […]

Rahul likely to visit Odisha in October, November

Bhubaneswar: Rahul Gandhi is likely to visit Odisha in the months of October and November, Odisha Congress chief Niranjan Patnaik informed today. “Most likely, Rahul is coming to Odisha in October. He may also visit Odisha in November as well. This has been tentatively decided,” Patnaik said. Patnaik, who met Rahul in New Delhi, said […]

Congress team examines Gurupriya bridge

Chitrakonda: Just days after allegations about the faulty design of the newly inaugurated Gurupriya bridge started to make rounds, a team of Odisha Congress led by the OPCC chief Niranjan Patnaik today took stock of the bridge. After reviewing the situation, the team alleged the state government’s negligent attitude and corruption has resulted in the […]

Political slugfest continues in Odisha over Rafale deal

Bhubaneswar: With the general elections around the corner, political parties in the State are leaving no stone unturned to corner each other with the Odisha Congress today targeting the Bharatiya Janata party (BJP) over the multi-crore Rafale deal. Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee president Niranjan Patnaik on Sunday took a jibe at Prime Minister Narendra Modi […]

Election Commission
Elections 2019: Early-poll chatter keeps Odisha political parties on tenterhooks

Bhubaneswar: Will there be early elections in Odisha? While no political party has a clear idea about it, a statement of the Chief Election Commissioner OP Rawat is keeping political leaders in Odisha on tenterhooks. On being asked whether the Election Commission (EC) is ready if the Lok Sabha polls are held in December along […]

Fresh faces to get party tickets for 2019 Elections: OPCC Chief

Bhubaneswar: Soon after the first phase meeting of Congress Pradesh Election Committee (PEC) concluded today, Odisha PCC president Niranjan Patnaik made it clear that fresh faces will be given priority during selection of candidates for the upcoming General Elections in 2019. Stating that guidelines are being prepared for selection of candidates, Patnaik revealed that the […]

Odisha Congress plans agitation over Rafale deal

Bhubaneswar: With an aim to corner the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee (OPCC) has decided to hold agitation in the Sate over Rafale deal. Speaking to the media, Odisha Congress in-charge Jitendra Singh on Saturday said that the NDA’s Rafale deal prevented Odisha youths from getting employment opportunities. “Had the Jet planes […]

Elections 2019: OPCC top brass in Delhi to meet Rahul Gandhi

Bhubaneswar: Amid dissident, Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee (OPCC) chief Niranjan Patnaik, Leader of Opposition Narasingha Mishra and State in-charge Jitendra Singh are set to attend a meeting convened by AICC president Rahul Gandhi today. As per reports, the Odisha leaders are already in New Delhi and are expected to meet the party national chief and […]

Elections 2019: Rift in Odisha Congress after Rahul announces new team

Bhubaneswar: Amidst talks of early elections, the All India Congress Committee (AICC) on Wednesday announced a new team of Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee (OPCC). However, it has led to dissidence within the party after many leaders have been left out. While many alleged that the PCC list includes people who are close to the party’s […]

Rahul Gandhi announces new team of Odisha Congress

Bhubaneswar: All India Congress Committee President Rahul Gandhi today announced a new team for the party’s Odisha unit. The new Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee (OPCC) comprises of 14 vice-presidents, 24 general secretaries and 99 secretaries among others. While 14 party leaders including Ananta Sethi and Ganeswar Behera have been made vice presidents, Kishor Chandra Patel […]