Before fresh start, old challenges remain for Congress in Odisha

  • By TOI
  • | Sunday | 15th April, 2018

Whenever he comes, he has to clarify whether the party high command would stick to Prasad Harichandan as Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee president or change him. It's for party president Rahul Gandhi to decide. Congress MLA Tara Prasad Bahinipati, who has been vocal against Harichandan as PCC chief, said, "Harichandan has spoken about Nabakalebara. Detractors of Harichandan feel that he must be changed to save the party and are hopeful that he will be shown the door. "A section of leaders believe it's already too late to change the PCC leadership, since the election is barely a year away.

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BHUBANESWAR: Jitendra Singh , the new All India Congress Committee AICC ) in-charge of Odisha , will be facing a number of challenges to set the party in order when he visits the state later this month.From tackling factionalism to stopping exodus of party leaders and voters and putting in place the organizational structure for simultaneous Lok Sabha and assembly elections in 2019, Singh will have his hands full.He is likely to visit the state within the next few days, party insiders said.

Whenever he comes, he has to clarify whether the party high command would stick to Prasad Harichandan as Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee president or change him.

The prolonged uncertainty over his continuance has kept the party's organisational works in peril.

But in either case, Singh faces the daunting task of tackling infighting as the party, out of power in Odisha for the past 18 years, attempts to make a fresh start.In the elections after 2014, panchayat and urban local bodies besides bypoll for Bijepur, the Congress has been relegated to a third position conceding the No.


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