The Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee (OPCC) today said the party would give preference to youths, women and new faces while selecting candidates for the Lok Sabha and Assembly elections in the state next year.
"One man one post means one shall not hold a party post and the post of an elected representative simultaneously," Patnaik tweeted and claimed that he has never said that those holding party posts would not be able to contest the elections.
Patnaik said he and the three OPCC working presidents would also contest the elections.
Earlier, Routray had asked, "If I cannot contest the elections because I hold the post of Khurda District Congress Committee president, will the same factor be applied to Niranjan Patnaik, who holds the post of Pradesh Congress Committee president?"
The party recently released a list of district presidents in which the names of MLAs, who had also been district chiefs, were dropped.
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