Moquim and Sarat are the frontrunners for the state Cong chief position.

Barabati and Capitanayak are among the top contenders for the presidency of the Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee . Sarat Pattanayak served as a Lok Sabha member from 1991-1996 and was the head of the state Congress unit from 2001-2003 .

Bhubaneswar: MLAs Barabati and Capitanayak of the United Kingdom and former PCC chief Sarat Pattanayak are among the top contenders for the presidency of the Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee (OPCC), which is due to take place shortly after the parties' current three-day brainstorming session ends in Udaipur, Rajasthan, on Sunday.According to reports, a section of the party, led by Congress general secretary Odisha in-charge A Chellakumar, has vehemently urged the name of Sarat, who served as a Lok Sabha member from 1991-1996 and was the head of the state Congress unit from 2001-2003.However, the bulk of the nine Congress MLAs have been demanding that one of them be appointed PCC chairman, which has increased Moquim's chances.The MLAs were found to have expressed reservations about Sarat during their most recent meeting with Rahul Gandhi, and both said they would accept whatever the party's chief wants.

Moquim said, Its up to the party's top brass to make a call, which would be acceptable to all of us.Moquim (57), the 57-year-old supporter, believes that a young leader with no baggage should replace Niranjan Patnaik (80).Past experiments with senior politicians have failed to revive the party's standing, which has been declining since 2000, when the BJD-BJP alliance led by Naveen Patnaik stormed to power for the first time.These individuals agree that the party should extend beyond the former PCC chiefs like Sarat, Prasad Harichandan, and Jaydev Jena.

According to party sources, the party may also have at least two working presidents.In the event of disagreements, the top comand may also nominate another person for the chiefs post.Changes can also be made in the Congress legislature group.