Bhubaneswar: With the countdown began for the results of recently concluded elections 2019, Odisha Congress has almost accepted party’s failure in the State.
“We may not form the government, but we will perform well in coastal and southern Odisha,” said Pradesh Congress Committee (PCC) President Niranjan Patnaik.
However, he is confident to win two seats — Bhandaripokhari and Ghasipura — in the Assembly elections.
When asked about the margin of votes to win the seats, he said, “the margin is just the game of arithmetic. But, we will win Bhandaripokhari seat with huge margin. The same will be in case of Ghasipura too.”
“Though the good news from the western Odisha is not expected for the party, but we will open the account there both in Assembly and Lok Sabha segments,” he said.
He said that Congress may slip to third spot in the State Assembly.
Meanwhile, AICC Secretary Sarat Rout lashed at Patnaik a day before the counting of votes for party’s poor performance in the elections in Odisha.
“The OPCC head has disappointed the party workers and poll candidates and he has broken the trust of AICC President Rahul Gandhi as well. He will be responsible for party’s performance in Odisha,” Rout said.
However, he is confident that the party will retain its position in the State.
“The party’s performance will come to fore with announcement of results. We may retain our position this time, but the results may not be as expected,” he said.
When asked about Patnaik’s poll analysis, he said, “If we will be placed third, it will be out of our error and mismanagement. There was huge lacuna in ticket allocation and lack of interest in poll management by the state leadership in the party.”
He said that the poll candidates were helpless during the campaign.
“Neither had we received financial nor moral support from the party. I was contenting in the polls from Sukinda seat. We fought the polls without support. We could have performed well, but it did not happen,” the AICC secretary said.
Speaking on senior party leader Jagannath Patnaik’s resignation as the OPCC Coordination Committee Convener, Rout said that the former had failed to coordinate with the party leaders.