Odisha Congress finalises 44 candidates for upcoming polls

Bhubaneswar: The Odisha unit of Congress has finalized candidates for 44 Assembly constituencies for next year election. The list of candidates was finalized at the Odisha Pradesh Election Committee (OPEC) that met today on the matter.

“In the first phase, the list of 44 candidates has been finalised. The candidates have been selected on basis of winnability, informed OPCC chief Niranjan Patnaik.

However, the date for formal announcement of the candidates’ name has not yet been fixed.

The list of candidates will be scrutinized by the screening committee of the All India Congress Committee (AICC) before the announcement.

The party which had earlier decided to release the list of 50 candidates by august 31 later shifted the deadline to September 20.

After taking over as the president of Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee (OPCC) from Prasad Harichandan, Niranjan Patnaik had announced that the first list of candidates will be announced by August 31.

However, the entire exercise was delayed due to factionalism in the party.

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