Congress looks to revive crumbling base in Odisha

  • By TOI
  • | Monday | 16th April, 2018

Singh along with the four newly appointed AICC leaders are likely to visit Bhubaneswar on Tuesday. They will replace Subhankar Sarkar, who had been the lone AICC secretary in Odisha since 2013-14.For years, Odisha used to have only one AICC in-charge and another secretary to oversee the functioning of the Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee (OPCC). "We are glad to see the high command appointing new AICC in-charge, secretaries and joint secretary. We feel the high command should change the incumbent Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee (OPCC) president. The new AICC leaders may not get the support of state leaders and grassroots workers if resentment against Harichandan persists," said a political analyst.

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BHUBANESWAR: In a belated development, the Congress appears to be striving towards reviving its crumbling base in Odisha , where the party had been out of power since 2000.Nearly a fortnight after appointing former union minister Jitendra Singh as the All India Congress Committee (AICC) in-charge of Odisha, the party high command on Sunday assigned four other AICC leaders to devise strategies to bring Congress back on track in the state.In a statement, Rudra Raju, Shaikh Mastan Vali and Anil Kumar Chaudhary have been named as new AICC secretaries in Odisha whereas Aditya Sharma has been made AICC joint secretary to look after the party affairs in the state.

While Raju and Vali are former MLAs from Andhra Pradesh, Chaudhary is a former Delhi legislator.

They will replace Subhankar Sarkar, who had been the lone AICC secretary in Odisha since 2013-14.For years, Odisha used to have only one AICC in-charge and another secretary to oversee the functioning of the Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee (OPCC).

Singh along with the four newly appointed AICC leaders are likely to visit Bhubaneswar on Tuesday."Rahul Gandhi has given special attention to Odisha.


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