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Speculations rife on Niranjan taking over as PCC chief




 Even as State Congress leaders are back after attending a day-long brainstorming session with AICC Vice President Rahul Gandhi, speculations are rife that the party high command may appoint Niranjan Patnaik as the Odisha head.

This came soon after the Delhi durbar deliberations. Sources said Rahul may be keen to appoint Niranjan as party’s Odisha head to revive its sagging fortunes. Back from Delhi, a visibly elated Niranjan Patnaik told media persons today, “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 a full day to the State. Earlier he had already spent some hours with us. As Sonia Gandhi’s health condition deteriorated suddenly, the future session has been suspended. He (Rahul) will meet some more of our leaders. Going by such exercise, we are 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 am 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. Rahul 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 leaders and some women activists. A full-fledged master plan is being carved out”, Das added.






Editorial

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From asking his party men to ‘live a simple life and serve the people’ to taunting the BJP for its ‘crocodile tears’, Chief Minister and BJD supremo Naveen Patnaik has not only become politically invincible, he seems to be so in the coming years too.

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