Odisha Pradesh Congress
PresidentSarat Pattanayak
ChairpersonNarasingha Mishra
HeadquartersCongress Bhawan, Unit-2, Bhubaneswar -751009, Odisha
Student wingNational Students' Union of India - Odisha
Youth wingOdisha Youth Congress
Women's wingOdisha Pradesh Mahila Congress Committee
ECI StatusActive
AllianceIndian National Developmental Inclusive Alliance
Seats in Lok Sabha
1 / 21
Seats in Rajya Sabha
0 / 10
Seats in Odisha Legislative Assembly
9 / 147
Election symbol

The Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee is the unit of the Indian National Congress for the state of Odisha. It is responsible for organizing and coordinating the party's activities and campaigns within the state, as well as selecting candidates for local, state, and national elections in Odisha.

The head office of the organization is the Congress Bhawan, situated at Master Canteen circle in Bhubaneswar. Sarat Pattanayak was appointed president of the committee in 2022 and currently serves as the Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee(OPCC) President.[1][2][3][4]

Odisha Legislative Assembly election

Year Party leader Seats won Change
in seats
1952 Nabakrushna Choudhury
67 / 140
Increase new Government
1957 Harekrushna Mahatab
56 / 140
Decrease 11 Government
1961 Biju Patnaik
82 / 140
Increase 26 Government
1967 Sadashiva Tripathy
31 / 140
Decrease 6 Opposition
1971 Nandini Satpathy
51 / 140
Increase 20 Opposition
69 / 140
Increase18 Government
1977 Binayak Acharya
26 / 140
Decrease25 Opposition
1980 Janaki Ballabh Patnaik
118 / 147
Increase 87 Government
117 / 147
Decrease 1 Government
1990 Hemananda Biswal
10 / 147
Decrease 107 Opposition
1995 Janaki Ballabh Patnaik
80 / 147
Increase 70 Government
2000 Hemananda Biswal
26 / 147
Decrease 54 Opposition
2004 Narasingha Mishra
38 / 147
Increase 12 Opposition
2009 Bhupinder Singh
27 / 147
Decrease 11 Opposition
2014 Jayadev Jena
16 / 147
Decrease11 Opposition
2019 Niranjan Patnaik
9 / 147
Decrease 7 Opposition

List of presidents

See also: List of state presidents of the Indian National Congress and List of presidents of the Indian National Congress

No. Portrait Name Term Ref.
1 Niranjan Patnaik 19 April 2018 23 May 2022
2 Sarat Pattanayak 23 May 2022


Pre-Independence 1920-1947

Until 1920, there was no separate provincial committee for Odisha. Congress organisation in Odisha was under Bihar And Orissa Provincial Congress committee .[5] The Nagpur Session of the Indian National Congress, held in December 1920, which finally passed the Non Co-operation resolution was attended by a number of delegates from Orissa such as Pandit Gopabandhu Das, Bhagirathi Mahapatra, Jagabandhu Singh, Jadumani Mangaraj, Mukunda Prasad Das, Niranjan Patnaik and Harekrushna Mahatab. This session of the Congress decided to form the Provincial Congress Committees on linguistic basis. As a result, a separate Provincial Congress Committee was formed for Orissa even though Orissa had not yet became a separate province. Soon after the Nagpur Congress session, the Utkal Union Conference was held at Chakradharpur under the Presidency of Jagabandhu Singh. In this Conference Gopabandhu Das suggested a modification in the outlook of the Utkal Union Conference.[6]

This led to the formation Utkal Pradesh Congress Committee uniting representation of all Odia speaking tracts, consisting of British administered Madras Presidency, Central Province, Bengal Presidency and the pre 1936 Bihar and Orissa Province.[7] With its first President being Utkalamani Gopabandhu Das the formation of Utkal Pradesh Congress Committee (UPCC) gave impetus to formation of Odisha state. This also gave boost to Congress activities in the Odia speaking areas.[8][9]

The Utkal Pradesh Congress Committee deputed the following twelve members to represent Orissa at the All India Congress Committee. They were Gopabandhu Das, Jagabandhu Singh, Nilakantha Das, Gopabandhu Choudhury, Niranjan Pattanaik, Harekrushna Mahatab, Bhagirathi Mahapatra, Dharanidhar Mishra Banaprastha, Nilakantha Das Choudhury, Atal Bihari Acharya, Brajamohan Panda and Jamini Kanta Biswas.

UPCC gave boost to formation of Orissa state. In 1931 UPCC adopted a resolution moved by Harekrushna Mahatab, that urged the Government of India to establish a separate Orissa state. It also established a committee to take the matter further and cooperate with the British administration without compromising Congress principles.[10]

See also


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  2. ^ Mohapatra, Debabrata (19 April 2018). "Congress removes Prasad, appoints Niranjan Patnaik as new Odisha president". The Times of India. Bhubaneswar. TNN. Retrieved 12 August 2018.
  3. ^ Patnaik, Sampad (20 April 2018). "Niranjan Patnaik appointed Odisha Congress President for second time". Bhubaneswar: The Indian Express. Retrieved 12 August 2018.
  4. ^ Mohanty, Debabrata (19 April 2018). "Congress revamps Odisha unit, appoints Niranjan Patnaik as new chief". Bhubaneswar: Hindustan Times. Retrieved 12 August 2018.
  5. ^ Mishra, C. (1986). Freedom Movement in Sambalpur, 1827-1947. B.R. Publishing Corporation. p. 192. ISBN 978-81-7018-357-0. Retrieved 25 February 2020.
  6. ^ Review, Odisha. Participation of Odia leaders in the Indian National Congress. Government of Odisha. pp. 12–15.
  7. ^ Devi, B. (1992). Some Aspects of British Administration in Orissa, 1912-1936. Academic Foundation. pp. 193–194. ISBN 978-81-7188-072-0. Retrieved 25 February 2020.
  8. ^ Acharya, P. (2008). National Movement and Politics in Orissa, 1920-1929. SAGE Series in Modern Indian History. SAGE Publications. p. 49. ISBN 978-81-321-0001-0. Retrieved 25 February 2020.
  9. ^ Experts, Arihant (4 June 2019). Know Your State Odisha. Arihant Publications India limited. ISBN 978-93-131-9327-2.
  10. ^ Devi, B. (1992). Some Aspects of British Administration in Orissa, 1912-1936. Academic Foundation. p. 202. ISBN 978-81-7188-072-0. Retrieved 26 February 2020.