Bhubaneswar:16/3/18; The new list of All India Congress Committee (AICC) members that was released on Friday has dropped a few senior leaders and MLAs from Odisha.
However, 78 leaders from the state have been included in the revised AICC list that was declared ahead of the three-day plenary session starting at New Delhi today.
The exclusion of a few heavyweights has led to resentment among party leaders in the State.
On the other hand, senior Congress leaders Chiranjib Biswal, Kailash Kulesika, Krushna Chandra Sagaria have been selected as AICC members.
Party sources said the new AICC members have been selected to strike a balance as both senior as well as young leaders have been included in team.
However, senior party leaders like Ananta Sethi, Kailash Acharya, Chandrasekhar Sahu and Ganeswar Behera, MLAs Tara Prasad Bahinipati, Jogesh Singh and Prafulla Majhi were also excluded from the AICC members list.
Meanwhile, Niranjan Patnaik, Suresh Routray, Kamakhya Prasad Singh Deo, Srikant Jena and Sushila Tiria have been enlisted.
Party sources said the AICC is likely to release another list 20 co-opted members to pacify the disgruntled lot from Odisha.