Kendrapara, March 30 (LocalWire): The Aul assembly seat in Kendrapara district is all set for a triangular contest between Congress MLA Debendra Sharma, BJD Rajya Sabha member Pratap Keshari Dev and BJP’s Dolagobinda Nayak.
Aul has been a fiefdom of the royal family there, since the constituency was formed in 1957.
Dev is a fourth generation member of the family.
His mother Sushri Devi was a BJD Rajya Sabha member, while his father Sarat Dev was elected thrice from Aul and had been an MP from Kendrapada.
Dev’s grandmother Ramraj Kumari was elected from Pattamundai in the first assembly election in 1952 after independence.
In the last election, though, Debendra Sharma of Congress had defeated Dev with a slim margin.
This time, however, the ruling party will try to retake the seat, said Jadunath Behera, a Dev’s supporter.
While Congress and BJD are strong contenders, BJP has fielded ex-MLA Dolagobinda Nayak from Aul.
Both Sharma and Dev have strong support base in Aul, Nayak, on the other hand, is popular in Rajkanika area, said Sangram Singh, a BJP supporter.
“The elections will not be a catwalk for BJD. Villages in Aul and Rajakanika regions bear the brunt of flood every year.
BJD didn’t fulfill its promise to build dykes, said Jagannath Das, an Aul resident.
Dev, however, sounded optimistic and said, “All villages have pucca and concrete roads today due to our good work.
Our govt has provided drinking water as well as built bridges to connect Aul with Rajkanika.