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Know Future Strategy Of Odisha Congress After Poll Debacle


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30 May 2019

Snigdha Chandan Das


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Bhubaneswar: A week after the 2019 general election result, senior leaders of Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee (OPCC) along with representatives of All India Congress Committee (AICC) met at the party headquarters here to discuss on the future strategy after the rout of the party.

Senior Congress leader of Chhattisgarh TS Singhdeo met the newly-elected MLAs and received their feedback on the formation of Congress Legislature Party (CLP) and nomination of its leader.

While addressing mediapersons, Singhdeo said the party needs to increase its vote share in the State from around 16 per cent to minimum 30 per cent. Securing 80 per cent vote all of a sudden is not realistic and practical; Congress has to be ready as a better alternative to fetch the votes which are going to other parties, he added.

Answering a media query if fielding father and son in the elections has led to the debacle, Singhdeo said most of the candidates who faced defeat are not anyone's relative. It is not that ticket will not be given to anyone's son but he or she should be a deserving candidate, he added.

While asserting that BJD supremo Naveen Patnaik is a popular leader, Singhdeo said the Congress has decided to boycott some media houses as they are no more unbiased and have turned into channels of some political parties.

Congress, which had been the main opposition party in Odisha for almost a decade, managed to register win at only one Lok Sabha seat and nine assembly seats in the recent elections.

However, senior Congress leader and newly-elected Bolangir MLA Narasingha Mishra gave the example of Shripad Amrit Dange stating he was the only Communist Party of India (CPI) leader in the Bombay Legislative Assembly who was capable to create a storm in the house. Therefore, quantity is not a requirement to pressurize the government in the Legislative Assembly.

Speaking about future strategy of the party after the poor performance, Mishra said, a 21-member committee has been formed under his leadership which will visit every assembly constituency and district to collect feedbacks from public and party workers. Later, the committee will analyse the reasons behind the poor performance of the party and submit its report to OPCC and AICC.

Senior Congress leader Bhakta Charan Das, who tasted defeat in Kalahandi Lok Sabha seat, rued that the party was not able to establish the required space as the main opposition party in the State in last few years and let BJP occupy the space for which the saffron party was able to come back with a huge margin. The Congress is not able to set its mindset as the opposition party and not performing its duty as such, he added.

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TS Singhdeo, AICC Representative

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Narasingha Mishra, MLA, Bolangir

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Bhakta Charan Das, Senior Congress Leader