The Odisha elections may be months away but that has not stopped Congress leader Rahul Gandhi from setting his stall and preparing strategies. A few months ago, Gandhi appointed Jitendra Singh to take leadership over Odisha. As chief of the Pradesh Congress Committee he placed Niranjan Patnaik.
All this seems a clever strategy for the Congress Party leader but now he has called all state units, within the party, to be prepared. Even at this early stage the party leader is preparing his troops for battle. He wants all to be ready for the Odisha Elections in 2019.
Rahul Gandhi has asked that all units seek out those candidates who have the greatest potential. In the past Congress have relied on alliances but Gandhi seems to not take that has given in the up and coming Odisha elections. By getting the best candidates Congress is hoping to win without the reliance of any alliances.
Of course, that does not mean Congress will not resort to such strategies. However, Congress managers have said there is no clear strategy for them and no set down plans. The bargaining that took place between allies at the Lok Sabha and the Madhya Pradesh elections has left a better taste in the Congress Party’s mouth.
The Congress Party are rubbing their wounds after defeats and losses in recent years. In the 2014 Odisha Elections the National Congress Party were the only major party to lose seats which was a big blow. Recent by-elections result for Odisha did restore some fortunes for Congress by them winning the assembly seats of Kolaras and Mungaoli. Rita Sahu of the Biju Janata Dal (BJD) won the overall constituency.
Congress are building their foundations believing by putting the right people in place they stand a greater chance of success. By not bending to pre-poll tactics of forming alliances they seem confident that this strategy will work. Time will certainly tell.