Bhubaneswar, May 25 (LocalWire): The twin Lok Sabha and assembly elections in Odisha saw some candidates winning by a record number of votes, while others clear the hurdle with a lowest margin.
In the 147-member assembly, the ruling BJD won 112 seats, five less than its 2014 tally; BJP improved its tally and moved up to 23 from previous 10, while Congress slumped to nine from its earlier tally of 16.
In the Lok Sabha elections, BJD won 12 seats, BJP eight and Congress one.
Those winning by a large margin of votes include BJD candidate Rajashree Mallick, who defeated BJP’s Bibhu Prasad Tarai by 2,71,655 votes, BJP’s Jual Oram defeated his rival by a margin of 2,23,065 votes from Sundargarh, while BJD candidate Pramila Bisoyi defeated her rival by 2,04,707 votes from Aska.
Khandapada MLA candidate Soumya Ranjan Patnaik defeated his nearest rival Dusmanta Kumar Nayak by a margin of 81,430 votes.
BJD chief Naveen Patnaik beat BJP’s Pitambar Acharya by 60,160 votes from Hinjili. Six-time MLA from Athagarh Ranendra Pratap Swain won by over 57,995 votes.
Among those who won by lowest number of votes are Congress MLA candidate from Kantabanji Santosh Singh Saluja, who won by only 128 votes, Laxmipur BJD candidate Prabhu Jani, who defeated his nearest rival Kailash Chandra Kulasika by 229 votes, and Parjanga BJD candidate and former minister Nrusingha Charan Sahu defeated his rival by a slender margin of 740 votes.