The Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday summed up his two-day interactions with party functionaries at grassroots level in Odisha by saying that Congress has a golden chance to regain power in the State this time if the senior leaders of the State work sincerely to make the Congress organizations powerful instead of trying to become individual power centers themselves.
Addressing the extended working committee meeting of the State Congress here after holding one-to-one interactions with functionaries of 33 organisational districts of the State for last two days, Gandhi said the panchayat, block and district level workers are “frustrated” and “disgusted’ with intra-party squabbles among the State senior leaders.
Sending a strong warning to senior leaders, Gandhi was quoted as saying that discipline in the party henceforth would be of paramount importance and no matter how senior the leaders may be, any intra-party bickering in the State would be viewed seriously and dealt with stringently.
Listing his observations after meeting the grassroots leaders, Gandhi said Congress in the State is out of power for last 13 years because of four vital aspects which have not been addressed properly.
Apart from surfacing of different power centres in Odisha Congress, the party has failed in giving tickets to candidates who had better chance to win the elections. He also pointed out that delay in picking up candidates for the polls have contributed immensely for the party’s debacle all these years.
The extended working committee meeting was addressed among others by AICC general secretary Jagdish Tytler, OPCC chief Niranjan Patnaik, CLP leader Bhupindar Singh and Union minister Srikant Jena. The meeting was attended by all the 366 elected members of the PCC, 95 nominated members, and all the MLAs and MPs of the party in the State.