Amidst talks of an organisational restructuring in the party ahead of the 2014 polls, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi continued with his consultation process to strengthen the party apparatus in the state.
Congress MP from Nabarangpur and former president of Odisha Pradesh Youth Congress (OPYC) Pradip Majhi had an hour-long meeting with Rahul on Tuesday in New Delhi. Majhi underscored the need for giving chances to new faces to fight the next election.
Majhi told this paper that he suggested that the party should give scope to new faces with leadership qualities to lead from the front.
‘’It’s high time for the party to change game plan to win,’’ Majhi said and added that there were very few new faces in 2000, 2004 and 2009 polls. On the other hand, the BJD experimented with new faces keeping a core group of experienced leaders and it was successful, he said. The Congress MP, however, said there was no discussion with Rahul on changes in the party organisation in the State.
Majhi said he will cooperate with anybody who leads the party in the State to enable the Congress to recapture its lost glory.
Earlier on Monday, Rahul had met four senior Congress leaders of State, Union Minister Srikant Jena, Congress MP from Kalahandi Bhakta Charan Das, former Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee (OPCC) president Jaydev Jena and former OPCC working president Lalatendu Bidyadhar Mohapatra to take inputs on how to improve the party’s performance in the State.
Sources said Rahul inquired from the four leaders ways to make party’s organisation more functional in the State.
He, however, impressed upon the leaders to bury differences and work for the party’s improvement in the State.
He is reported to have said that the party can make a difference if senior leaders can work collectively.