Berhampur, May 24 (LocalWire): Several veteran BJD leaders from Ganjam won their respective seats, as the regional outfit’s juggernaut overran the Assembly and Lok Sabha seats.
The district has 13 Assembly seats and BJD won 12 of them and both the Lok Sabha seats.
BJP which improved its vote share in the district, failed to make a dent this time, while Congress managed to win only one seat at Sanakhemundi.
While Naveen Patnaik won from Hinjili for the fifth time in a row, the state’s
cooperative and food supplies and consumer welfare minister, Surya Narayan Patro, was elected to the Assembly for the seventh time.
Patnaik and Patro continued their winning streak since 2000 and 1990 respectively.
Patnaik was elected after winning by a margin of 60,160 votes from his nearest rival BJP’s Pitambar Acharya. In 2014 election, he had won in a margin of 76,984 votes.
Surya Narayan Patro was elected from Digaphandi by a margin of 40,452
votes from his nearest rival, BJP’s Pinky Pradhan.
Similarly, state’s technical minister and royal scion of Chikiti, Usha Devi, was elected to the Assembly for the sixth. She defeated nearest rival, BJP’s Manoranjan Dyansamantara by 20, 635 votes.
The rural development minister Bikram Keshari Arukh was also elected for the sixth time to the Assembly this time.
He was elected with a margin of 9,103 votes from his nearest candidate BJP’s Paradyumna Nayak.
Purna Chandra Swain and Pradeep Kumar Panigrahy made hat-tricks from
Surada and Gopalpur Assembly seats respectively.
Swain was elected by a margin of 13,996 votes while Panigrahy, a former minister, was elected with a margin of 2,673 by defeating his old rival BJP’s Bibhuti Jena.
Srikant Sahu was elected for the second term from Polasara segment. He won by 12,739 votes. Congress’s Ramesh Chandra Jena won from Sanakhemundi seat by a margin of 23,724 votes. He defeated his old rival BJD’s Nandini Devi, the sitting MLA.
Jena was elected from the seat in 2009.
All the six candidates, who contested for the first time with BJD tickets won their respective seats.
They are Latika Pradhan (Kabisurya Nagar), Manjula Swain (Aska), SM Baidya (Khallikote), Subash Behera (Chhatrapur) and Bikrma Panda (Berhampur).
Pradhan won the seat by a margin of 49,028 votes, while Baidya won by a margin of 41,545.
Manjula, widow of former MP (Aska) Ladu Kishore Swain who died recently, won by a margin of 27,406 by defeating sitting MLA Debaraj Mohanty, who joined the saffron party after the ruling party denied him ticket.
Bikaram Panda and Subash Chandra Behera won by a margin of over 35,400 and 21,951 respectively.