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Rahul rejects the resignation of OPPC president

Press Trust of India  |  Bhubaneswar 

Gandhi has rejected the resignation of Prasad Harichandan and he will remain in the post till the next general election, sources said today.

Harichandan had resigned from the post on February 28 owning moral responsibility for his partys miserable show in the Bijepur by-election. Congress, which had won the seat the last time, had lost its deposit in the by-poll.

Harichandan had taken over as in December 2014. He has been facing opposition from within the party since last year's panchayat election where the was pushed to the third position after BJP emerged as number two in the state

''The AICC did not accept the resignation of Harichandan as Odisha Gandhi wants him to continue as the president,'' disciplinary committee told a press conference here today.

Gandhi felt that as the is most likely to be held in the next eight to nine months, it will not be possible for a new PCC to deal with the election situation within the short period.

He therefore decided to retain Harichandan as the till the next general election, Mohapatra said.

While BJD candidate bagged 1,02,871 votes and BJP candidate bagged 60,938 votes. The had finished a distant third with party candidate bagging a paltry 10,274 votes in the byelection.

The candidate lost his deposit though the party had won the Bijepur seat in 2004, 2009 and 2014 elections.

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First Published: Sat, March 10 2018. 19:50 IST