There are many leaders in the party waiting for years together to achieve something. But the way leaders like Srikanta Jena are misleading the party high command will not only pull the party further down in Odisha but also dampen the spirit and enthusiasm of scores of leaders waiting to achieve something,” he said.
The MLAs, including Leader of Opposition Narasingha Mishra, believe that Patnaik, if made the PCC chief, would lead the party in 2019 general elections in a much better way.
Patnaik has also welcomed the AICC decision to send the team of observers. “There is no harm in AICC team visiting the State to get further feedback on how to strengthen the party in the State,” he said. In the meanwhile, the differences between the CLP and the OPCC has widened further after the party went down to third position in the recently-held panchayat polls under the leadership of Prasad Harichandan.
They are supposed to meet senior leaders, state office-bearers and workers to take their opinion on the next president of the Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee (OPCC) and recommend their findings to the party president.
Congress leadership constituted the team as the demand for the ouster of OPCC president Prasad Harichandan getting louder after the party slipped to the third position behind BJP in the recently concluded Zilla Parishad polls.
Notably, AICC General Secretary Janardan Dwivedi had earlier announced that Congress President Sonia Gandhi has constituted a team of observers for Odisha. This team will jointly work with the AICC General Secretary and Secretary in-charge of Odisha to assess the political situation in the State. The team will submit a joint report to the Congress President at the end of their visit.
The team comprises Tamardhwaj Sahu, Sushmita Dev and Jitendra Singh. While the PCC here is a divided house, the two warring groups have already met AICC vice president Rahul Gandhi in New Delhi and he has already held one-to-one parleys with the Congress leaders from here in May first week.