Moquim and Sarat are the front-runners for the position of state Cong chiefs.

Mohammed Moquim and Sarat Pattanayak are among the top contenders for the OPCC presidency . Moquim said that they would accept whatever the partys top brass decides .

Bhubaneswar: Mohammed Moquim, a Barabati-Cuttack MLA, and Sarat Pattanayak, a former PCC chairman, are among the top contenders for the OPCC presidency, which is likely to be decided shortly after the party's ongoing three-day brainstorming session ends in Udaipur, Rajasthan, on Sunday.According to reports, a faction of the party, led by Congress general secretary Odisha in charge A Chellakumar, has highly recommended Sarat, who was a Lok Sabha member from 1991-1996 and chief of the state Congress unit from 2001-2003.However, the majority of the nine Congress MLAs have been demanding that one of them be made PCC chairman, which has improved Moquim's chances.The MLAs also revealed their reservations about Sarat during their most recent meeting with Rahul Gandhi.

I will abide by the high commands decision as a disciplined Congress member and will work tirelessly for the organization, according to Sarat.Moquim said, Its up to the party's top brass to make a call, which will be acceptable to all of us, adding that Niranjan Patnaik (80), the 57-year-old leader with no baggage, should take the place.Past experiments with senior leaders have failed to revive the party's standing, which has been on the decline since 2000, when the BJD-BJP alliance led by Naveen Patnaik came to power for the first time.According to these leaders, the party should look beyond the former PCC chiefs like Sarat, Prasad Harichandan, and Jaydev Jena.

In the case of disagreements of opinion, the high comand may want to nominate someone else for the chiefs post.In the Congress legislature chamber, there may be amendments to the constitution.