Bhubaneswar: The President of the All India Congress Committee (AICC), Mallikarjun Kharge, is scheduled to visit Bhubaneswar on January 29 to address a workers’ conference, according to party in-charge Ajoy Kumar. In preparation for the 2024 elections, AICC Chief Kharge will engage in discussions with senior leaders of the state unit to formulate the party’s strategy. Additionally, he will assess the arrangements for the Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra, featuring Rahul Gandhi’s tour through Mayurbhanj, Keonjhar, Sundargarh, and Jharsuguda districts, as revealed by Ajoy Kumar.
The Odisha unit believes that Rahul Gandhi’s visit will strengthen the party’s position against the ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD) in the upcoming elections. Recently, the Congress announced its state election committee for the impending Lok Sabha and assembly polls in Odisha. Headed by Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee (OPCC) President Sarat Pattanayak, the 23-member committee includes key figures such as the leader of the Congress Legislature Party (CLP) Narasingh Mishra, former state presidents Niranjan Patnaik, Jaydev Jena, Prasad Harichandan, campaign committee chairman Bijay Patnaik, former union minister Bhakta Charan Das, AICC secretary Sarat Rout, party MP Saptagiri Ulaka, and party MLA Santosh Singh Saluja.
Furthermore, the committee features five senior women leaders, namely former MP Sushila Tiria, Amita Biswal (daughter of former CM Hemananda Biswal), national women Congress secretary Sasmita Behara, women Congress state unit president Bandita Patnaik, and former MLA Ajayanti Pradhan. Ex-officio members of the committee include all chiefs of the party’s frontal organizations.