Kendrapara, March 17 (LocalWire): Although parties are yet to announce candidates for Patkura assembly seat, the suspense over who finally gets to file nomination continues.
Congress, BJP and the ruling BJD haven’t declared the names yet, but the list of hopefuls is growing longer by the day.
In the last election, BJD’s Bedaprakash Agrawalla had won the seat by defeating Jayant Mohanty of Congress by 47,715 votes.
Bedaprakash bagged 89,853 votes while Mohanty polled 42,138 votes.
Though he’s hoping to get a party ticket again, other local BJD heavyweights like Rabi Samal, Saroj Sahoo, Tejaswar Parida and Ajaya Rout are also eyeing for tickets.
Patkura, which has 23.8 lakh eligible voters, will go to polls on April 29.
“I have been working for the social cause for more than a decade. I hope BJD chief would consider me from the seat,” said Rout.
Sahoo, also a retired school teacher, said, “BJD is in trouble in Patkura as the sitting MLA has not done any development work.”
“We have already told Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik not to give ticket to Bedaprakash, as he’s too old to contest poll. Many local BJD leaders are strongly opposing his candidature.”
However, BJP district president Dyurodhan Sahoo has alleged that “Naveen Patnaik-led government has indulged in rampant corruption. Many mine mafias have looted crores of rupees in a clear nexus with the chief minister.”
He added that his party would soon announce its candidate for Patkura.