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Naveen to Contest from Hinjilikatu and Bijepur

Author : Odisha Today Bureau | Posted on: 2019-03-18

BJD president and Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today announced that he would simultaneously contest from the Bijepur Assembly constituency in Bargarh district and Hinjili constituency in Ganjam district.


The BJD supremo had on yesterday hinted at the possibility of contesting polls from western Odisha.


The Chief Minister also announced the list of candidates for nine out of 21 Lok Sabha and 54 out of 147 Assembly seats.


The nine Lok Sabha candidates are Prasanna Acharya (Bargarh) Chandra Sekhar Sahu (Berhampur), Kousalya Hikaka (Koraput), Ramesh Chandra Majhi (Nabarangpur) Achyuta Samanta (Kandhamal), Puspendra Singh Deo (Kalahandi), Pramila Bisoi (Aska), Sunita Biswal (Sundargarh) and Kalikesh Singh Deo (Balangir).

Eight out of nine Lok Sabha candidates have been replaced.


Previously, BJD won the bypoll in Bijepur Assembly seat in Bargarh district with an impressive margin of over 40,000 votes.

The party’s Ritarani Sahu bagged a total of 1,02,871 votes, while Ashok Panigrahi of BJP came second with 60,938 votes and Pranaya Sahu of Congress got only 10,272 votes after all the 21 rounds of counting.


Mr Patnaik represents Hinjili assembly seat in Ganjam district winning successive assembly elections since 2000. In 2009, he won 72,942 votes which are 76.04% of the total votes. Again in 2014, he won total 89,267 votes which is 73.14% of the total votes. 


Simultaneous polling will be held in Odisha for its 21 Lok Sabha seats and 147 Assembly constituencies in four phases on April 11, 18, 23 and 29.

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