Jagatsinghpur, April 28 (LocalWire): The talk of the town is abuzz with ‘what now’ after campaigning ended for the fourth and last phase of elections in the state.
From tea stalls to bus stand, elections have taken over all conversations these days. 11,79,902 voters will decide the fate of 38 candidates.
Most of their conversation is around the fate of father Damodar Rout contesting as the BJP MLA candidate from Balikuda Erasama seat and his son Sambit Routray contesting as BJD MLA candidate from Paradip.
Voters are also discussing the fate of the sibling duo in this election. Former veteran Congress leader late Laxman Mallick, who dominated the election scenario in this district in 1980 and 1984.
His son Devi Prasad Mallick is contesting as Congress MLA candidate from Tirtol while his sister Pratima Mallick is contesting as Congress MP candidate from Jagatsinghpur Lok Sabha seat.
Psephologists have not been able to predict the numbers that thw winner will come out with in this district, where for the first time, there will be a triangular contest in all four Assembly seats and one Lok Sabha seat.
‘Ever since the distribution of tickets, each seat will give a tough fight due to multi-cornered contest’ said a betel shop owner, Sanjay Barik, in whose stall a lot of conversations take place over paan in Tirtol.
The other political heavyweights, whose fate is in balance here, include Congress leader Chiranjib Biswal and his rival BJD candidate Prasant Muduli, former minister cum BJD leader Bishnu Das, Tirtol sitting MLA Rajshree Mallick, former MP Bibhu Prasad Tarai, trade union cum Congress leader Bapi Sarkhel, former MLA Lalatendu Mohapatra and others.
Though in most of these constituencies the BJD is pitted directly against the BJP, the presence of stalwart Congress leaders in all seats have made the contest triangular in some constituencies.