Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Jun 15:
Six months after taking over the mantle of the president of Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee (OPCC), Prasad Harichandan is yet to announce his team and appoint many district and block presidents.
While the State Government’s reputation has been marred by a string of scams like the mining scam, land scam, chit fund scam, discretionary quota scam and the deterioration of the law and order situation, health services and rise in food prices, the principal opposition party has failed to put the government on the mat in the absence of leaders in key positions.
“We need the key positions of the party to be manned by the right people so that they can represent the party in proper manner. I have spoken to the president. He will soon announce his team,” said senior congress leader Lulu Mohapatra.
In the past six months, all that Harichandan has done was announce the names of party spokespersons, the social media team and has made certain ‘vaastu’ related changes to the party headquarters in the state.
“The president is taking his time to announce the team. He has to manage it for another four years. Better to be sure than make a mistake,” advised Former PCC President Jayadev Jena while welcoming the vaastu related changes in Congress Bhawan.
“He is doing many things I couldn’t do. Vaastu helps us many a times. It is a welcome move,” Jena added.
The delay and the vaastu, however, haven’t helped the party in the past six months. Its poll prospects did not improve a dime. The Chintan Baithak held in January to work out a strategy to revive the party in the state hasn’t led anywhere either.
The president, surprisingly, remains least bothered.
“Unlike government jobs, it is not easy task to fill in a political vacancy. We are working on it and the team would be announced soon,” was the simple answer of President Harichandan.
Political heavyweights, in the meanwhile, continue to flee the party weakening the structure even further; the latest example being former Chief Minister and Union Minister Giridhar Gamang and his son.