On Wednesday, the Congress held a meeting chaired by senior leader and Balangir MLA Narasingha Mishra at party headquarters in Bhubaneswar.
The meeting, which was attended by several senior leaders, discussed about candidates who would fight the ensuing ULBs elections. The party has named Giribala Behera as its candidate for the post of Mayor in the upcoming Cuttack Municipal Corporation (CMC) elections.
Besides, Congress has also finalised names of candidates for all CMC Corporator seats. The party will also announce its Mayor face for Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation and candidates for all Corporator posts within two days.
The party is hopeful of winning the ensuing urban polls and, accordingly, has chalked out strategies, said senior leaders. The rural election results won’t affect the urban polls, they added.
It may be noted that, out of 2.10 crore valid votes polled in the rural polls, Congress got 28.54 lakh votes (13.57 per cent) while, ruling BJD grabbed 1.10 crore votes (52.73 per cent) and BJP got only 63.23 lakh votes (30.07 per cent).
Admitting his party's defeat in the poll, State Congress president Niranjan Patnaik alleged that the BJD has taken advantage by spending funds through various government schemes.