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Tag: Prasad Harichandan

Prasad Harichandan
‘Hurt’ Prasad Harichandan Breaks Down; Junks Deal With BJD, Vows Not To Contest 2024 Polls

The veteran Congress leader made it clear that he is not quitting politics in near future. But he made it clear that he will not be in the fray for the 2024 general election

Op-Ed: Niranjan has his task cut out

To use a cricketing term, it came against the run of play. Just when detractors of Prasad Harichandan were beginning to reconcile themselves to working under him at least till the next elections came the decision to replace him with Niranjan Patnaik. By all accounts, even Patnaik appeared to have reconciled himself to having his […]

AICC leaders meet to chart future course of action in Odisha Congress

Bhubaneswar: With an aim to strengthen the party in Odisha and chalk out future course of action, Congress State in-charge Jitendra Singh, three newly-appointed AICC secretaries and a joint secretary for Odisha met in New Delhi on Monday. According to reports, Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee (OPCC) chief Prasad Harichandan also met Jitendra Singh and AICC […]

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 […]

Infighting in Odisha Congress grows bitter

Bhubaneswar: The ongoing infighting in Congress is getting bitter with several MLAs of the party today meeting at the residence of Opposition Party Leader Narasingha Mishra and reportedly chalking out a strategy to oust the incumbent president of Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee (OPCC) Prasad Harichandan. Congress MLA from Sundergarh Jogesh Singh on Wednesday said he […]

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Prasad to continue as OPCC chief till 2019

Bhubaneswar: Putting all speculations over change of guard in Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee (OPCC) to rest, chairperson of the state unit’s discipline committee Sandhya Rani Mohapatra on Saturday informed that Prasad Harichandan would be at the helm of affairs till 2019 general elections. Though Prasad Harichandan had offered to quit in the wake of the […]

Sura Routray confirms OPCC chief's resignation

Bhubaneswar: Prasad Harichandan resigned as the President of Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee (OPCC) on Wednesday owing moral responsibility for party’s defeat in the Bijepur by-election, senior party leader, Suresh Kumar Routray confirmed today. “He is an educated person, a gentleman and he has high organisational and intellectual capabilities. Therefore, he tendered his resignation owing moral […]

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 […]

Op-Ed: Bijepur: BJD Juggernaut Continues To Roll On

The result of the much hyped Bijepur went along expected lines. The BJD proved once again, if any proof was needed at all, that it has no match when it comes to winning elections. It also proved that the minor setback in last year’s Zilla Parishad polls, which emboldened the BJP to start dreaming about […]

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 […]

OPCC demands PM's intervention to resolve Mahanadi issue

Bhubaneswar: Amidst debate on whether a tribunal is required to resolve the Mahanadi water dispute between Odisha and Chhattisgarh, the state Congress unit on Sunday sought immediate intervention of Prime Minister Narendra Modi for amicable settlement of the issue. “Prime Minister Narendra Modi should intervene and ask Chhattisgarh to stop project work on upstream of […]

Rahul saves Prasad Harichandan’s chair

Bhubaneswar: Putting to rest months of speculation about the leadership of Odisha Pradesh Committee Congress (OPCC), the All India Congress Committee (AICC) president Rahul Gandhi on Saturday informed that there would not be any change in the leadership of states across the country, as of now. For the time being Prasad Harichandan will continue to […]

OPCC President Prasad Harichandan
Relief for Prasad camp as chances of OPCC change of guard seem bleak

Bhubaneswar: After much political churning in Odisha Congress, the AICC has put the change of guard in Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee (OPCC) on hold due to ongoing organisational polls. State leaders opined openly that change of leadership cannot be held now as the organisational election is underway. “How can the high command shift attention to […]

Congress introspection continues; demand for Niranjan as PCC chief grows louder

Bhubaneswar: The Congress legislature party strongly recommended the name of Niranjan Patnaik as the next PCC president of Odisha on Sunday during the second day of AICC observers’ assessment of scenario in State Congress. Hours before the legislators-observers talks, party MLAs met together at the residence of Leader of Opposition Narasingh Mishra in presence of […]

War of words ensues between Congress leaders

Bhubaneswar: Infighting has returned to haunt Odisha Congress with senior leaders now engaged in a fresh ‘verbal duel’ that is now likely to adversely affect efforts of the high command to resurrect the grand old party here in the State. This time Congress Chief Whip Tara Prasad Bahinipati has once again spewed venom against Odisha […]

Cross-voting likely in Presidential Elections: Tara Bahinipati

Bhubaneswar: With differences clearly visible among several parties over NDA’s Presidential candidate, Congress Chief Whip Tara Prasad Bahinipati on Monday expressed apprehensions about ‘cross-voting’ by the ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD). As UPA backed candidate Meira Kumar is popular among the intellectual masses, MPs of several political parties including Shiv Sena, BJP and BJD may […]

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Congress demands arrest of BJP leader over human sacrifice, fraud

Bhubaneswar: Odisha Congress today demanded arrest of BJP leader Sashi Sahoo for his alleged involvement in land fraud, chit fund scam and human sacrifice. The Congress activists, who carried out a bike rally from Congress Bhawan at Master Canteen in the Capital city to the DCP office here, protested in front of the DCP office […]

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Dhenkanal gang rape, murder: Police shielding accused, says BJP

Bhubaneswar: Odisha BJP has today made serious allegations against police in relation to the gang rape and murder of a 45-year-old woman in Balikuma village under Kankadahada police limits in Dhenkanal district. BJP Mahila Morcha president Prabhati Parida alleged that the police are trying to save the people involved in the crime. Addressing a press […]

Congress MLAs to meet Rahul Gandhi over OPCC change of guard

Bhubaneswar: Once again infighting has returned to haunt Odisha Congress with senior leaders openly demanding a change of guard in Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee (OPCC). A day after the closed door meeting held at the residence of Leader of Opposition Narasingha Mishra’s residence, three senior legislators of Congress—Tara Prasad Bahinipati, Jogesh Singh and Prafulla Majhi […]

Venkaiah’s 3D attack on Congress

Bhubaneswar: Launching a scathing attack on Congress and its leaders Sonia and Rahul Gandhi, Union Minister and senior BJP leader M Venkaiah Naidu today said the grand old party believes in 3Ds i.e defame, disturb and disrupt while BJP is moving ahead with only one D in its agenda- development. “We follow only one D […]

Congress Nayagarh district president resigns

Nayagarh: Congress district president Lala Manoj Kumar Ray today resigned from the party and sent his resignation letter to Pradesh Congress Committee (PCC) president Prasad Harichandan. In his letter, the Congress leader mentioned that he resigned from his post since he was upset with the party’s poor organisational structure and its present activities. He has also […]

BJD govt's 3rd innings, 4th term: more brickbats, no signs of bouquets

Bhubaneswar: Even as the ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD) celebrated completion of three  years in government for the  fourth consecutive term, Opposition Congress and BJP today left no stone unturned to raise fingers at the regional party stating that it has failed on all fronts. The Congress alleged the State is still backward in development […]

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BJP, BJD equally responsible for Odisha's backwardness: Cong

Bhubaneswar: Congress on Monday hit out at ruling BJD in Odisha and BJP, stating that both the parties were equally responsible for poverty, backwardness and misrule in the state. “While BJD is to be blamed for Odisha’s poverty, backwardness and misrule, BJP is also equally responsible for this,” Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee (OPCC) president Prasad […]

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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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 […]

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OPCC chief meets farmer admitted at SCB Cuttack for attempting suicide

Cuttack: Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee (OPCC) President Prasad Harichandan met farmer Kalinga Ghadei of Jajpur district at SCB Medical College and Hospital in Cuttack today. Ghadei, who is undergoing treatment at New Medicine ICU after attempting suicide, is currently critical. After meeting him Prasad said that the government should accept the farmers’ death in State […]

OPCC sends show cause notices to 3 MLAs

Bhubaneswar: Disciplinary Committee chairperson of Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee (OPCC) Sandhya Mohapatra today issued show-cause notices to sent show cause notices to three Congress leaders. The notices were sent to legislators Tara Prasad Bahinipati, Prafulla Majhi and Ananta Sethi asking them that why action should not be taken against them for speaking against OPCC chief […]

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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Rebel leaders happy over Hariprasad’s resignation, but firm on Prasad’s ouster

Bhubaneswar: A day after the resignation of BK Hariprasad as AICC general secretary, a group of State party leaders, who used to question his capabilities in handling the party affairs, now became vocal taking the intraparty squabble a step forward. Even as Hariprasad owned up moral responsibility for the dismal performance of the party in […]

BJP celebrates Holi
Odisha politicians celebrate Holi across State

Bhubaneswar: Festival of colours Holi was also celebrated with enthusiasm by politicians in the State with grand functions organised by activists in their respective party offices. Most excitement was seen in the BJP party office. Delighted upon the results of Uttar Pradesh assembly elections, the party celebrated Holi in a very pompous way. Senior leaders […]

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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 […]

Congress blasts Modi govt over demonetisation

Bhubaneswar: In a show of strength, Congress party leaders including former Home Minister Shivraj Patil today held a demonstration in front of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) office in Bhubaneswar protesting against demonetisation and alleged that the poor and middle class sections of the society are worst-hit even after 70 days of the note […]

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BJD protests CBI raid on houses of party leaders

Bhubaneswar: Protesting simultaneous raids on the house of Balasore MP Rabindra Jena, Cuttack-Choudwar MLA Pravat Biswal and Saroj Sahu, a former personal assistant of chief minister Naveen Patnaik, activists of student and youth wings of BJD staged protest demonstration in front of the CBI office here today. Reports said the activists of Biju Chhatra Janata […]

Govt tweaked JE death figures: PCC chief

Bhubaneswar: Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee (OPCC) president Prasad Harichandan on Monday alleged that the State government has ‘altered’ the numbers of child deaths due to Japanese Encephalitis (JE) in Malkangiri district so that it has to cough up less compensation. Harichandan who was addressing a gathering near Raj Bhawan, where the party was holding a […]

MLAs skip PCC chief’s meeting in Koraput

Bhubaneswar: Dissidence within the Congress party ostensibly over the party’s State leadership on Tuesday hit another level, with MLAs remaining absent in a meeting called by Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee (OPCC) president Prasad Harichandan in Koraput. Party sources said, the Congress leader had asked the legislators to meet and discuss with them regarding the ensuing […]

OPCC asks five questions to Amit Shah

Bhubaneswar: A day before the BJP rally here, the opposition Congress today put five questions to the visiting ruling party president Amit Shah. Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee president Prasad Harichandan in a statement said he had asked five questions expecting reply from BJP president Amit Shah during his rally tomorrow.Ridiculing the Central government over demonetisation […]

Prasad meet with dist chiefs tomorrow part of war with CLP?

Bhubaneswar: Talks of Congress infighting in Odisha has intensified further after Pradesh Congress has called the district presidents to meet on Monday, a day before the meeting of Congress Legislature Party (CLP). Meeting of legislators, which usually takes place a day or two before the Assembly session, has raised many eyebrows, hinting at growing conflict […]