Berhampur, May 27 (Localwire): People of Phulbani, a reserved seat for scheduled tribe, have elected a new face once again, which they had been doing since 1977.
This time, they have elected BJD’s Angada Kanhar who defeated BJP’s Debanaryan Pradhan. Phulbani is in Kandhamal district.
As many as 10 elections have been held since 1977, and every time, voters have elected a new face except once, when BJD leader Padmanabh Behera was elected twice from the seat.
Prahallad Behera (Janata Party) was elected in 1977, Chandra Sekhar Behera (Congress) in 1980, Abhimanyu Behera (Congress) 1985, Padmanav Behera (Janata Dal) 1990 and 2004, Dasarathi Behera (Independent) 1995, Bishnupriya Behera (BJD) 2000, Debendra Kanhar (BJD) 2009 and Duguni Kanhar (BJD) 2004.
In 2009, the status of Phulbani constituency, a stronghold of BJD, had changed after it was made a Schedule Caste seat. People here vote for candidate not party, said BJD’s district president Saroj Karna.
Besides Phulbani, the electorates of Baliguda, a scheduled tribe seat, have also elected a new face this time.
In the last 10 elections since 1977, they had elected eight new candidates. Baliguda has elected Chakramani Kanhar of BJD this time. Kanhar defeated two-time BJP MLA Karendra Majhi.