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Odisha Congress Optimistic Of Regaining Past Glory Under Sonia Gandhi’s Leadership


12 August 2019

Debashish Maharana


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Bhubaneswar: Soon after the Congress Working Committee (CWC) on Saturday night unanimously elected Sonia Gandhi as the grand old party’s interim president, Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee (PCC) is in an upbeat mood and hopeful of regaining the lost ground in electoral politics across the country.

In his media reactions, former PCC president Jaydev Jena said, “Smt Sonia Gandhiji has once again shouldered the responsibility of being the Congress president. Now she will infuse new lease of life to the party amid the current scenario in the country. The States where Congress had fared well and formed government, there also Congress has failed to perform in the recent general elections.”

He commented, “Definitely she would take it into considerations and hold discussions on it. She has earlier led the Congress party for 19 years and the party has already formed government at the Centre twice – UPA 1 and UPA 2. It was her contribution.”

“Where ever the condition of Congress is precarious, she would ponder over the matter and see that it comes to power both at the Centre and the States once again. Any Congressman is now inspired and hopeful. All our party-men are now optimistic that Congress will regain its lost ground. Congress will be back to power once again,” the former PCC chief beamed. 

While talking to media today, outgoing Odisha PCC chief Niranjan Patnaik has argued, “Is there any bar for Sonia Gandhi to become interim president. Isn’t there precedence? There had been interim president of AICC earlier also. Taking into consideration the present political scenario in our country, CWC has taken a wise decision. The decision is welcome. Not bad.”

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Jaydev Jena, Former PCC President, Odisha