Berhampur, March 15 (LocalWire): Major political parties have begun selecting candidates for the upcoming state Assembly and Lok Sabha polls and relatives of at least a dozen political leaders are making a beeline for tickets in Ganjam district.
Deepak Patnaik, son of former minister of state Krushna Chandra Patnaik and Nursingh Rath, son of former state Assembly Speaker Somanath Rath are eyeing the Congress ticket for Assembly polls from Berhampur and Bhanjanagara respectively.
Anita Priyadarshini, daughter of former minister Rama Krushna Patnaik, Manoranjan Dyansamantara, son of Chintamani Dyansamantara, Kanhu Charana Pati, brother of former MLA Jagannath Pati and Bhrugu Boxipatra, son of former minister of state Harish Chandra Boxipatra are in the race for the BJP ticket. While Boxipatra and Pati are reportedly interested to contest the Berhampur LS seat, Anita and Manoranjan’s names are doing the
rounds for Polasara and Chikiti.
Manoranjan, who joined the BJP three years ago, had unsuccessfully contested the last Assembly elections with a Congress ticket from Chikiti. This year, his brother Rabindra applied for a Congress ticket to contest from Chikiti. Bira Kishore Deb, son of former MLA UN Deb is also a BJP aspirant from Sanakhemundi.
In the ruling BJD circle, the names of Latika Pradhan, daughter of former MP (Aska) Nityananda Pradhan, Biplab Patro, son of senior BJD leader and state’s cooperative, food and civil supply minister SN Patro, Srirup Deb, son of technical education minister Usha Devi, are doing the rounds.
Nachiketa Swain, son of Ladu Kishore Swain, is eyeing the Kabisurya Nagara segment, from where his father was once elected. Ladu Kishore, the sitting BJD MP (Aska) died recently. Sameer Pradhan, former zilla parishad member and brother of Renubala Pradhan, former MP, is interested to contest as MLA from Sanakhemundi with the ruling party ticket. Nandini Devi, wife of Kishore Chandra Singhdeo, former MLA (Sanakhemundi) was elected from her husband’s seat in BJD ticket last time.
Sources in the major parties said party hierarchy was not wary of the ‘dynastic politics’ tag but rather concerned about the competence of candidates selected in order to challenge the their rivals.