Berhampur, May 28 (Localwire): Chhatrapur, a reserved seat for Scheduled Caste, has been electing a new candidate in every election since last four decades.
In each of the nine assembly elections since 1980, Chhatrapur had elected a new candidate even though the party remained same.
Whether it was a stroke of bad luck or not, none of the elected MLAs from Chhatrapur got a cabinet berth till date, although on several occasions, candidates of the ruling party had been elected.
“This was perhaps one of the reasons why none of them were reelected since 1980. It may be also because of the fact that Chhatrapur had chosen candidates from Opposition parties like CPI most of the time,” former MLA Ashok Choudhury said.
In 2000, though, the then Chhatrapur MLA Ram Chandra Panda was made a deputy speaker, when the BJD-BJP coalition government was at the helm.
In the just-concluded elections, Chhatrapur voters have elected Subash Behera of BJD, who’s also the Ganjam district zilla parishad president. He defeated BJP’s Prasant Kar and CPI’s Pradeep Kumar Sethy.
In 2014, BJD’s Priyanshu Pradhan was elected from the seat but in 2019, he was dropped and Behera was nominated in his place. In 1980, Ashok Choudhury of Congress became the MLA. At the time, it was not a reserved seat. CPI’s Biswanath Sahu was elected from there in 1985.
Similarly in 1990, people had elected CPI’s Parsuram Panda, Congress’ Daitari Behera (1995), Ram Chandra Panda of CPI (2000) and N. Narayan Reddy of CPI (2004).
In 2009, Chhatrapur was reserved for scheduled caste. In that year, CPI’s Adikanda Sethi was elected from the seat. In 2014, it went to BJD’s Priyanshu Pradhan.