Berhampur, April 3 (Localwire): Dynasty politics continues to dominate the political scene in Odisha’s Ganjam and Gajapati districts as relatives of politicians and erstwhile royal families join the poll fray.
While Bhrugu Baxipatra, son of ex-minister Harish Chandra, is contesting from Berhampur Lok Sabha seat, Anita Subhadarshini, daughter of ex-minister Rama Krushna Patnaik, is fighting from Aska seat. Both are next generation leaders and are contesting the polls in BJP tickets.
Patnaik was elected from Kodala assembly seat for five times, while his wife Kumudini was an Aska MP.
Similarly, Latika Pradhan, daughter of former Aska MP Nityananda Pradhan, is contesting from Kabisurya Nagara assembly seat in a BJD ticket, while Nandini Devi, wife of former MLA Kishore Chandra Singh Deo, will fight from Sanakhemundi in a ruling party ticket.
Nandini Devi, scion of the erstwhile Dharakote royal family, is seeking a re-election from Sanakhemundi. Her relatives Ananta Narayan Singh Deo and his wife Shanti Devi were elected from Sorada in the past.
Manoranjan Dyansamantara, son of ex-assembly speaker Chintamani Dyansamantara, will contest from Chikiti assembly seat in a BJP ticket. Manoranjan’s father is a Congressman.
His rival in Chikiti is Usha Devi, BJD member and technical education minister. She’s the scion of an erstwhile royal family and daughter-in-law of Sachidananda Deo, who was elected from Chikiti in 1967.
Manjula Swain, the BJD candidate for Aska assembly segment is the wife of outgoing MP (Aska) Ladu Kishore Swain. The regional party has nominated Manjula, after the death of her husband last month.
Also, chief minister and BJD supremo Naveen Patnaik, who is seeking re-election from Hinjili, is the son of former CM Biju Patnaik.
Kalyani Devi, scion of an erstwhile royal family, is contesting from Paralakhemundi assembly seat in a BJD ticket. Kalyani, a green-horn in politics, is the daughter of ex-Berhampur MP Gopinath Gajapati Narayan Dev.
Political parties consider the winnability of a candidate and not concerned of dynasty politics, said J.K. Barala, political analysts and former political science professor of Berhampur University.
“Those who came from political families have to work hard to prove themselves. “If you don’t work hard, then people will not accept you. One has to win their trust,” said Usha Devi, BJD contestant from Chikiti.