Berhampur, March 18 (LocalWire): Naveen Patnaik’s announcement on Monday to seek re-election from Hinjili constituency for the fifth time in a row was akin to his winning the seat for the Biju Janata Dal workers. Congress and BJP are yet to declare their candidates who will challenge the Chief Minister.
‘We are elated that he will contest from his own Assembly segment Hinjili as well as Bijepur. We were very upset when he assured party leaders from western Odisha of considering their request to contest from there,’ said former zilla parishad member Sameer Pradhan.
‘We think the chief minister will win with a higher margin than the previous elections,’ said Ajaya Moharana of Hinjili. His victory margin has continued its northward graph since he had contested the seat in 2000.
‘We are happy the party supremo announced that he will become the chief minister from Hinjili once again,’ said Nibedita Pradhan, former zilla parishad member from Sheragada block under Hinjili.
Naveen Patnaik was elected to the state Assembly from Hinjili in 2000 for the first time with a margin of 29826 votes. In the next election in 2004, his winning margin was 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 ‘Entire Ganjam is happy that he is seeking re-election from Hinjili. The people love him and that is why his margin of victory increases every time.’
‘Since the formation of Hinjili Assembly segment in 1957 during the second general elections, Hinjili constituency 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,’ said Jayant Kumar Mohapatra, former political science professor, Berhampur University.
Naveen Patnaik first entered the electoral arena in 1997 and won the by-election from Aska Lok Sabha seat as a nominee of the erstwhile Janata Dal after it had fallen vacant following the death of his father Biju Patnaik.