Congress To Field Candidates In All 854 Zilla Parishad Seats In Panchayat Polls

**Bhubaneswar**: The Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee (OPCC) on Sunday announced to field candidates in all 854 zilla parishad zones across the State in the forthcoming Panchayat elections.

The Odisha unit of the age-old party at its ‘Sankalp Samabesh’ meeting here said it will complete the Gram Panchayat Task Force by end of October for smooth conduct of the forthcoming polls.

The meeting was attended by party’s Odisha in-charge BK Hariprasahad, PCC president Prasad Harichandan and other senior leaders and was decided that Congress may share seats where needed in the upcoming panchayat polls.

“Congress will field its own candidates at all 854 zilla parishad zones in the forthcoming Panchayt elections. Where there is need of political understanding, it would be done if the local unit of the party decides to do so. The political understanding would be made with like-minded parties only”, Harichandan informed at a press meet in Congress Bhawan after the meeting.

He said the party will reach every household in the State and seek suggestions and cooperation during the upcoming polls. To supervise the election, 30 senior leaders have been entrusted with the charge of observer for all 30 districts, Harichandan added.

Task force is also being formed at all gram panchayat level, which is in the final stage. “The process of formulating the task force at all 6800 gram panchayats will be finished by next month”, he said.

The Congress had earlier vowed to fight unemployment, illiteracy, poverty and ignorance for the cause of common man.