Berhampur, May 26 (Localwire): The Ganjam district, a home turf of BJD chief Naveen Patnaik, has elected the highest number of women lawmakers in the just concluded elections.
All the elected women representatives are from the ruling BJD. In the 2014 elections, Ganjam had elected three women lawmakers to the assembly. This time the number has increased to four.
Ganjam has 13 assembly and two Lok Sabha seats. This time one of the two Lok Sabha seats was also wrested by a woman.
While Usha Devi (Chikiti), Manjula Swain (Aska), Latika Pradhan (Kabisurya Nagara) and Suryamani Baidya (Khallikote-SC) were elected to the assembly, Pramila Bisoi (70) was elected to the Lok Sabha.
Except Usha Devi, all other MLA candidates were elected to the assembly for the first time. Usha Devi has been elected from Chikiti for sixth consecutive time.
BJD had nominated five women to contest the assembly elections from Ganjam, and fielded another woman for one of the two Lok Sabha seats in the district.
Pramila Bisoi (70) won the Aska Lok Sabha seat by a margin of over 2.04 lakh votes on BJD ticket.
Barring sitting MLA of Sanakhemundi Nandini Devi, all other women candidates were elected to the assembly and Lok Sabha. Nandini Devi was defeated by Congress’s Ramesh Chandra Jena.
Manjula, Latika and Suryamai have started their political careers from the grassroots. Interestingly, all of them were elected by huge margin of votes.