Odisha Congress gets jumbo team

Bhubaneswar, Aug 1 (IANS) In a bid to tame the warring factions in the Odisha Congress’ rank and file, Pradesh Congress Committee (PCC) president Prasad Harichandan on Saturday announced a jumbo team.

The team comprises 10 vice-presidents, 25 general secretaries, 55 secretaries and five political secretaries.

Harichandan’s move came seven months after he assumed charge of the party in the state.

Aiming to douse internal wranglings, which have become a part and parcel of the party, Prasad appeared to have tried to keep the flock together and in good humour.

Prasad said the team has “representation of all the 30 districts of the state with induction of 80 percent new faces”.

While 44 leaders are representing western Odisha, 22 are representing southern Odisha.

As Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi is giving importance to the induction of the youth brigade into the party, the newly formed team will have 77 members under 40 years of age.

“The team has struck a balance with the induction of backward and minority community,” said Prasad.

Besides, 42 former state legislators and some former parliamentarians have been placed in the party’s state executive committee.

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