Berhampur, March 21 (LocalWire): Naveen Patnaik dropped the twice-elected sitting MP from the prestigious Berhampur Lok Sabha seat and instead reposed faith in veteran politician but new entrant to the ruling party, Chandra Sekhar Sahu, who filed his nomination today at Chhatrapur.
‘I am aware of the problems of the people from this segment.
The people, too, know I am with them and will always remain so,’ he said after filing the nomination before the returning officer.
Sahu, a former Union minister and a Congress veteran joined the BJD last year. He had won this seat in 2004 with a Congress ticket but lost to the BJD in the next two elections in 2009 and 2014.
He was accompanied by Gopalpur MLA Pradeep Panigrahy, Berhampur MLA Ramesh Chandra Chaupatnaik and other party candidates.
Sidhant Mohapatra, the sitting MP was, however, conspicuous by his absence.
‘I was impressed with the developmental works by Naveen Patnaik and joined the BJD to further the same,’ Sahu said.
Congress on the other hand, fielded V Chandra Sekhar Naidu, a well-known industrialist but new to politics, against Sahu.
Though the BJP is yet to announce its candidate, but speculation is rife that the party’s general secretary, Bhrugu Boxipatra, may be nominated to contest the seat.
Spreading over two districts – Ganjam and Gajapati – Berhampur Lok Sabha has seven Assembly segments. These are Berhampur, Gopalpur, Chikiti, Digapahandi, Mohana (ST), Chhatrapur (SC) and Paralakhemundi.
In 2014 election, the ruling BJD had swept opver all the six constituencies barring Paralakhemundi,