Kendrapara, June 17 (LocalWire): Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today visited Baladevjew temple at Ichapur in Kendrapara town on the occasion of Snana Purnima.
This is the second visit of the Chief Minister to the temple within two months.
He had visited the temple for the first time during his election campaigning.
‘I visited the Baladevjew temple today on the occasion of Snana Purnima to seek the blessings of the God,’ Chief Minister said.
BJD leader and Kendrapada MLA Sashibhusan Behera said, ‘The visit of the Chief Minster to the temple is no way connected with the by-election of Patkura Assembly seat.’
However, many locals believe that Patnaik visited the temple to woo voters in favour of BJD candidate Sabitri Agrawalla.
Patkura Assembly poll was countermanded following the death of 82-year-old BJD candidate Bed Prakash Agarwalla.
Later his widow Sabitri Agrawalla was chosen to contest from Patkura.
The Election Commission had issued a fresh polling schedule for election in Patkura Assembly but later postponed it for two months due to the havoc created by cyclone Fani.
Candidates are vigorously campaigning in Patkura though the election commission is yet to announce the date of the poll.
Both the BJP candidate Bijay Mohapatra and Congress candidate Jayant Mohanty claimed that BJD was not riding the sympathy wave.
Earlier, Bijay Mohapatra alleged that the state BJD leaders hatched a conspiracy to countermand the poll by forcing Bedaprakash to file nomination who was in a moribund condition.
This by-poll is crucial for both the BJP and BJD as Bijay Mohapatra, a senior BJP leader and bete noire of Naveen Patnaik is contesting from Patkura.
In 2000 election, Naveen Patnaik denied Mohapatra ticket to Patkura Assembly elections.
In 2004 elections, BJD candidate Atanu Sabyasachi Nayak managed to defeat Orissa Gana Parisada candidate Bijaya Mohapatra .
In 2009 Assembly polls, BJD leader Bedprakash Agrawalla defeated BJP candidate Bijay Mohapatra from Patkura .
In 2014, Atanu Sabyasachi Nayak once again defeated Mohapatra from Mahakalapada.