Odisha

Has Rahul Given Green Signal To Niranjan?

**Bhubaneswar: ** As the Congress brigade of Odisha is already back from their Delhi Durbar after a day-long brainstorming session on Monday with AICC vice-president Rahul Gandhi, speculations are rife that the change of guard in the Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee (OPCC) is imminent and a thorough revamp of the party organisation is on anvil.

In the wake of the panchayat poll debacle and amazing emergence of BJP pushing down main opposition Congress to the third position, demand for ouster of incumbent PCC president Prasad Harichandan and AICC Odisha-in-charge B.K. Hariprasad gained momentum.

Even though Hariprasad has already tendered his resignation which is being kept on hold by Rahul, the recent hectic parley by the Congress scion assumes significance.

Soon after the touted-to-be successful Delhi Durbar deliberations, grapevine goes and political gossip in the capital city is abuzz that Rahul Gandhi is keen on revving up the sagging state of Congress affairs in Odisha by mulling to get former PCC chief Niranajn Patnaik back again at the helms of affairs.

Being back from the Delhi Durbar, a visibly elated Niranjan Patnaik told media on Wednesday, “Now Rahul Gandhi is serious about galvanising Congress unit here in Odisha. During our meeting there, we realised that he is very serious on the matter. He devoted full day. Earlier he had already spent some hours with us. Ahead too there is such programme. As Sonia Gandhi’s health condition went unwell suddenly, the future session got suspended. He has slated to meet some more of our leaders. Going by such an exercise, we’re convinced that Rahulji is serious about perking up Congress in Odisha.”

“Whatever Rahul Gandhi’s mantra to us may be, if we all here get united for a fight and for our future mission, I’m optimistic Congress will soon be back here with a vengeance,” the former PCC chief opined.

Jharsuguda MLA Naba Kishore Das informed, “We’ve been advised to find out a way and solve the problem. Has also instructed us to form an effective core group so that the fate of Congress revives with a bang in all regions of Odisha encompassing the young and fresh blood. Both the senior leaders and young generation should yoke together to strengthen Congress here.”

On the core group proposal, Das elucidated, “Naturally, it will induct some senior leaders, some young chaps and some women activists. A full fledged master plan is being carved out. We’ll let you know at the appropriate time,“ Das added.

On being asked why Rahul is so much concerned now, the Congress MLA replied, “When a party has been rejected by the people for the last 17 years, it’s obvious on the part of our leader. I’m optimistic that nectar will ooze out after this gargantuan churning effort.”

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