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Tag: Prasad Harichandan

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Congress split down the middle over Bapi Sarkhel

Paradip: The arrest of Congress leader Bapi Sarkehl in connection with the murder of Seaways Shipping Company GM Mahendra Swain has created ripple in the political circle with top party leaders giving mixed statements. After the arrest of Sarkhel, who had contested 2014 poll unsuccessfully from Paradip Assembly constituency on Congress ticket, hundreds of supporters […]

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Hariprasad hastening the eclipse of the Congress

By Sandeep Sahu It is clear that AICC general secretary in charge of Odisha BK Hariprasad was engaged in a desperate exercise in damage control when he said that Lalatendu Biduyadhar Mohapatra – Lulubhai to his legion of supporters – was offered the post of PCC president, but declined on ‘health grounds’. Having seen the […]

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Lulu loyalists warn AICC leaders of egg attack

Bhubaneswar: The attempt to cement cracks between party legislature and Pradesh Congress Committee ended in fiasco today after the student leaders of the party barged into a hotel conference hall where party in-charge of Odisha BK Hariprasad, deputy in-charge Subhankar Sarkar were engaged in discussion with PCC chief Prasad Harichandan and legislature party chief Narasingh […]

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District Congress presidents back Harichandan

New Delhi/Bhubaneswar: The suspense surrounding the meeting of the 23 District Congress Committee (DCC) presidents with their national vice-president Rahul Gandhi in New Delhi ended as all the district chiefs emerging out of the meeting voiced their unequivocal and unstinting support for the PCC president Prasad Harichandan. The rumour, which was flying thick and fast […]

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Meeting of 23 DCC presidents with Rahul Gandhi tomorrow

New Delhi/Bhubaneswar: The meeting of the 23 District Congress Committee (DCC) presidents along with some PCC general secretaries of Odisha with party vice-president Rahul Gandhi scheduled this afternoon at his residence in New Delhi was postponed to tomorrow. AICC leader and co-in-charge of Odisha Congress Subhankar Sarkar said Rahul could not attend the meeting in […]

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Congress keeps fingers crossed ahead of Prasad’s Delhi acid test

Bhubaneswar: Leaders of Congress party here avoided commenting on the November 2 meeting between Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee (OPCC) chief Prasad Harichandan and party’s vice president Rahul Gandhi, as the former is expected to show his strength amid talks that the party wants a change of guard in the State. All India Congress Committee (AICC) […]

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22 district chiefs of Congress to meet Rahul on Nov 2 in Delhi

Bhubaneswar: Speculations on a support base test of present PCC chief Prasad Harichandan to be undertaken by the Congress central leadership in coming days intensified today after 22 party district presidents got a call to meet vice president Rahul Gandhi on November 2 in New Delhi. Sources said the party’s Central leadership has decided to […]

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Niranjan’s meeting with Narasingha sets tongues wagging

Bhubaneswar: After the Congress legislators met party President Sonia Gandhi and vice-president Rahul Gandhi in New Delhi recently setting off a rumour regarding removal of Prasad Harichandan as the PCC chief, a meeting of Niranjan Patnaik and some senior Congress leaders with Opposition leader Narasingha Mishra at the latter’s residence here today set tongues wagging […]

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PCC chief’s “We, not I” Call Lies in Tatters

By Sandeep  Sahu Odisha Congress is back to doing what it knows best: indulging in factional feud. Reports from Delhi suggest things have reached tipping point. Coming as they do less than four months before the panchyat elections, widely being seen as a semi-final before the Battle Royale in 2019, the developments over the last […]

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Panchayat polls: Cong forms election committees

Bhubaneswar: The Odisha Congress today announced formation of committees at the state, block and panchayat level for the ensuing panchayat polls scheduled in February next year. Briefing media persons after presiding over the PCC Coordination Committee meeting, PCC president Prasad Harichandan said for the overall management of panchayat polls, campaigning and selection of candidates, Pradesh […]

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PCC chief, LoP meet Rahul today

Bhubaneswar: Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee (OPCC) president Prasad Harichandan and Leader of Opposition (LoP) Narasingha Mishra met All India Congress Committee (AICC) vice-president Rahul Gandhi in New Delhi this afternoon. According to sourece, they met the party president at his residence located at Toglak road. According to sources, Rahul hold discussion on the report submitted […]

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'Bandh to put pressure on Odisha and Chhattisgarh to resolve Mahanadi row'

OPCC chief Prasad Harichandan today said the 12-hour bandh called by the party in the State tomorrow will be a reprimand to both the Odisha and Chhaatisgarh State governments and a solution to the Mahanadi water issue will come out

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BJD govt allowed Chhattisgarh to go ahead with projects on Mahanadi: Cong

Bhubaneswar: The Congress on Sunday accused the BJD government in the state of allowing Chhattisgarh to go ahead with the construction of a host of projects in the upper catchments on Mahanadi, leading to the current row between the two neighbours over the sharing of water. “The BJD government led by chief minister Naveen Patnaik […]

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Clash at Congress meet leaves two injured

Bhadrak: The simmering intra-party tensions in the Congress boiled over in the form of a group clash during a party meeting at Bhadrak this morning. According to reports, a constituency-wise panchayat members’ meeting in the presence of PCC president Prasad Harichadan and AICC secretary and Odisha in-charge BK Hariprasad was underway at the Town Hall […]

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Row over chief whip post: Cong leaders meet Rahul

Bhubaneswar/New Delhi: Amid speculation about a growing demand in the Congress party to replace Opposition chief whip Tara Prasad Bahinipati, three party leaders – Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee (OPCC) chief Prasad Harichandan and legislators Naba Kishore Das and Bahinipati – called on party vice president Rahul Gandhi in New Delhi on Monday. Das is believed […]

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Cong dubs BJP’s ‘Bikash Utsav’ as ‘Bakwas Utsav’; terms Naveen 'Jr. Modi'

Bhubaneswar: Ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Odisha visit on June 2, the Congress today fired a fresh salvo at the saffron party terming its scheduled second anniversary celebration named ‘Bikash Utsav’ as ‘Bakwas Utsav’. National spokesperson of the grand old party Sobha Oza, while issuing a booklet on the alleged failures of the Modi-government […]

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Cong targets BJD, BJP over delay in repair of Jagmohan

Bhubaneswar: The war of words over the repair work of Jagmohan is getting shriller by the day with the Congress using the opportunity to train its guns on both the BJP-led central government and the BJD government in the state. While the Leader of Opposition Narasingha Mishra is scheduled to visit the temple today, Odisha […]

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OPCC describes Uttarakhand House developments as 'victory for democracy'

Bhubaneswar: Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee (OPCC) President Prasad Harichandan today termed the trial of strength in Uttarakhand Assembly as a “victory for democracy”. “It is a victory for democracy. It has silenced the Narandra Modi government which had called for a Congress-free India,” Harichandan said in a statement. Modi and the Sangh Parivar should realise […]

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Cong to protest demanding Das Burma’s resignation today

The State unit of the Congress led by OPCC chief Prasad Harichandan will stage a protest today demanding the resignation of Minister Sanjay Das Burma over his alleged links with chit-fund company Artha Tatwa Group

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PCC chief demands Dasburma’s resignation

Bhubaneswar: At a time when trouble for Food and Consumer Welfare minister Sanjay Das Burma is mounting with each passing day, Odisha Pradesh Committee (OPCC) chief Prasad Harichandan said the minister should tender his resignation on moral grounds.

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Cong to launch campaign to highlight importance of FRA

Congress on Thursday accused the Centre and Odisha government of diluting the Forest Rights Act (FRA) and said it will launch a campaign in the state and elsewhere, to make tribals aware of their rights

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PCC chief bid to restore normalcy in Odisha Congress

In an effort to ensure unity in the party which, of late, has witnessed a series of incidents with some senior leaders engaging in a war of words, president of the Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee (OPCC) Prasad Harichandan has convened a meeting of the PCC Coordination Committee on February 21

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Odisha Congress divided on Lulu Sena issue

Bhubaneswar: With the senior Congress leader engaging in the war of words on the formation of Lulu Sena by senior party leader Lalatendu Bidyadhar Mohapatra, the Disciplinary Committee of the Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee (OPCC) has decided to seek the advice of the All India Congress Committee (AICC). While some senior leaders have termed the […]

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Fresh tremors in Cong as 'senior leader' seeks removal of PCC chief

Intra-party feud in the Odisha Congress has become more open this time with a senior leader urging the party high command and Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi to remove Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee (OPCC) president Prasad Harichandan from his post for his inept leadership in the wake of the party’s miserable show in the recent civic body elections in the state

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Bhakta, Prasad in war of words again

Bhubaneswar: The intra-party feud in the Odisha Congress came to the fore again on Tuesday following a heated argument between former Union minister and AICC spokesperson Bhakta Charan Das and Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee (OPCC) president Prasad Harichandan at the PCC state level convention here. Reports said the war of words between the two leaders […]

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Prasad Harichandan accepts differences in State Congress

Exactly a year after taking charge as President of Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee (OPCC), Prasad Harichandan today admitted that there are differences among leaders of the party’s State unit

Violence during bandh: Congress apologizes

Bhubaneswar: The State-wide bandh was also marked by instances of violence as Congress workers were seen manhandling people and setting vehicles on fire, leading the Congress State president to tender an apology at a post-bandh press meet. In Shastri Nagar area of Bhubaneswar, angry locals torched two motor-cycles and damaged several vehicles, police said. Reports […]

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Law minister’s pic with Daitas draws ire

Bhubaneswar: At a time when the State government is being attacked left, right and centre over the Brahma Paribartan fiasco, a picture of Law minister Arun Sahu sleeping among servitors, which is doing rounds in the social media, has created a buzz among the general public and drawn sharp criticism from the opposition Congress and […]

Mixed reactions on Congress’ future after Gamang's exit

Bhubaneswar: As former Chief Minister and long-time Congress leader Giridhar Gamang begins his new innings with BJP, questions are now being raised about the ability of already-ailing Congress party to gain its footing in State amidst the vacuum created by Gamang’s departure. Interestingly, the question on the effect of Gamang’s departure on the future of […]

Congress dubs Odisha budget as regressive and hollow

The Congress today dubbed Odisha budget as regressive and hollow, claiming that BJD government's claim about 5.15 per cent increase in budgetary outlay is misleading as there is no hike in real terms

Cong blames Naveen govt for spread of jaundice in Cuttack

The opposition Congress today came down heavily on the BJD government in Odisha for failing to contain the spread of jaundice in Cuttack city

Oppn blames govt for jaundice outbreak

The opposition parties, BJP and Congress, today held the State government responsible for the outbreak of jaundice in Sambalpur which has claimed around 20 lives in last 20 days

'Will work to win back people's trust in Cong'

Bhubaneswar: Noting that Congress was passing through a critical phase in Odisha, newly appointed Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee president Prasad Harichandan on Monday said he would work hard to restore people’s confidence in the organisation through collective leadership. “I am an ordinary worker of the party. I will take all sections in Congress along in […]

State Congress mantle falls on Prasad Harichandan

It’s official. Congress high command today named young leader Prasad Harichandan to lead the party in Odisha. He would replace Jayadev Jena as Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee (OPCC) president. The much-awaited announcement came from All India Congress Committee (AICC) in the evening

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Odisha not the first state to pass Lokayukta Bill: Congress

Opposition Congress on Saturday strongly criticised the Odisha Government over its claim of being the first state in the country to pass the Lokayukta Bill- 2014 in the Assembly and moved a privilege motion against the Chief Minister and Parliamentary Affairs Minister for misleading the House

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Cong MLAs wear black badges, allege they are denied rights

A day after defeat of their no-confidence move against the Naveen Patnaik government, Opposition Congress members today wore black badges alleging that they had been denied their genuine rights.....

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Cong gives no trust notice against Naveen govt

Opposition Congress on Monday served a no-confidence notice in Odisha Assembly against the Naveen Patnaik ministry accusing it of failing on all fronts

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Congress, BJD cross swords over 2014 polls

Bhubaneswar: The political battle over polls has become cynosure of all eyes. Both the ruling BJD and Opposition Congress are busy with fault-finding sessions as the Lok Sabha and Assembly polls are getting nearer. BJD on Tuesday became critical about the role of Opposition parties especially Congress in Odisha while claiming that the majority of […]

Congress flays Naveen over Lokayukta appointment in Odisha

Opposition Congress in Odisha on Wednesday criticised Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik for not keeping his promise to establish a strong Lokayukta in the state

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