Bhubaneswar: After some senior state Congress leaders expressed displeasure over the ‘One Man, One Post’ formula, the Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee (OPCC) President Niranjan Patnaik today said that the media has misrepresented his statement.
“The ‘one man one post’ issue has been misinterpreted by the media. A candidate who has the best chance of winning will be given tickets during the upcoming general elections. Besides, the party will prefer the youth, women and new faces during distribution of tickets,” Niranjan Patnaik told media persons here.
“We have three PCC working Presidents. They will definitely contest the election. I am the PCC President and I will also contest the election,” he confirmed.
He had earlier advocated for the ‘one man one post’ formula that invited criticism from some senior party leaders.
Senior Congress leader and Khurda District Congress committee (DCC) President Suresh Kumar Routray had expressed his displeasure about the new formula and said that he was interested to fight the polls from Jatni Assembly constituency.
Similarly, another Congress leader and party’s working committee president Bhakta Charan Das also disapproved the formula and said that all office bearers can contest the polls and winnability factor should be the primary criteria to get party nominations.