Berhampur, March 19 (LocalWire): Chief Minister and BJD supremo Naveen Patnaik seeking re-election for the fifth time from Hinjili constituency will file his nomination papers on Wednesday.
Patnaik will contest from two seats this year – Hinjili and Bijepur in western Odisha. He will file his paper before the returning officer at Chhatrapur, said BJD’s district unit president Pradeep Kumar Panigrahy. Hinjili will go to polls in the second phase on 18 April.
‘We think the chief minister will win with a higher margin than the previous elections,’ said Ajaya Moharana, a party worker from Hinjili. His victory margin has continued its northward graph since he had contested the seat in 2000.
Naveen Patnaik was elected to the state Assembly from Hinjili in 2000 for the first time with a margin of 29826 votes. In 2004, his winning margin increased to 42,642 and in 2009 and 2014 elections to 61,773 and 76,586 votes respectively.
Mamata Bisoi, vice president of BJD state women’s wing said ‘the people of Ganjam are happy that he is seeking re-election from Hinjili. They love him and that is why his margin of victory increases every time.’
Jayant Kumar Mohapatra, former political science professor, Berhampur University explained, ‘Since the formation of Hinjili Assembly segment in 1957 during the second general elections, Hinjili has been considered as a ‘candidate-oriented’ constituency.
Only four candidates have been elected from Hinjili in the last 14 elections (except first election in 1952). While Brundaban Nayak had won seven times in a row, irrespective of his party affiliations, his son has won two times with a Congress ticket. Harihara Sahu, was elected only once in 1990 in Janata Dal ticket.’