Berhampur, March 30 (LocalWire): Siba Shankar Dash, a former mayor of Berhampur, will fight the elections from the district jail here after his interim bail in a criminal case expired.
Dash, who is lodged in prison since November last year, has around 35 cases pending against him, including land-grabbing, attempt to murder and intimidation.
His 35-year-old wife Asha Kumari Dash is campaigning door-to-door on his behalf.
“People want him to contest elections, so he’ll fight as independent from Berhampur,” said Asha. “My husband had done so many good works when he was a mayor. I appeal to people to support him,” she said.
Dash became the first mayor of Berhampur municipality from 2009-2013 when he was in BJD.
He had fought the 2014 elections unsuccessfully in a BJP ticket; this time, though, it denied him a ticket.
Dash had been in and out of jail on several occasions for the criminal cases lodged against him.
This is not the first time that a candidate is fighting election from jail. In 2004, CPI candidate N. Narayan Reddy had successfully contested the elections from a jail to win the Chhatrapur assembly seat.
Berhampur will go to polls on April 11. Besides Dash, nine others are in the fray. Other key candidates include Bikram Kumar Panda (BJD), Kanhu Charan Pati (BJP) and Lingaraj Choudhury (Congress).