Kendrapara, May 24 (LocalWire): If a Prime Minister campaigns for any party candidate, it is seen as an effort to boost the party’s prospects in the region.
But in Kendrapada, campaigning by Prime Ministers have never helped any candidate win.
The Prime Ministers have proved unlucky for candidates as the campaign does not bring victory to them, feel Kendrapara locals.
‘Panda lost by a margin of 1,52,584 votes despite Narendra Modi campaigning for him, reaffirming our belief that if a Prime Minister campaigns for the party candidate in Kendrapara, he is bound to lose the elections,’ said Amarbara Biswal a social worker.
The Kendrapada Lok Sabha seat witnessed a triangular fight among the BJP candidate, national vice president Baijayant Panda, BJD candidate and Rajya Sabha member, popular Ollywood actor Anubhav Mohanty and Congress candidate, reputed lawyer Dharanidhar Nayak.
Twentyone years ago, in 1998, IK Gujral, who was the Prime Minister, campaigned in favour of Janata Dal candidate Srikant Jena and addressed a meeting at Pasta ground near Kendrapara. But Jena was defeated by BJD candidate Pravat Samantray.
In 1996, Prime Minister PV Narasimha Rao addressed a meeting in favour of Congress MP candidate from Kendrapada, Batakrushna Jena, at Baro. But Batakrushna was trounced by Janata Dal candidate Srikant Jena.
In 1984, Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi campaigned in favour of Congress candidate Bhagabat Prasad Mohanty and he got a drubbing by Biju Patnaik of the Janata Dal.
The sympathy wave for Rajiv Gandhi, following Indira Gandhi’s death, led the Congress to a landslide victory but failed to shake off the anti-Congress feeling from the people in Kendrapara and Biju Patnaik was elected.
Out of the 21 seats, the Congress won 20 seats barring Kendrapada in the 8th Lok Sabha election.
In 1971 and 1977, Prime Minister Indira Gandhi campaigned in favour of Congress candidates in Kendrapada. But in 1971 Utkal Congress candidate Surendra Mohanty and in 1977 Janata Dal candidate Biju Patnaik were elected.
In 1957, Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru campaigned in favour of Congress candidate. But voters of Kendrapada elected Surendranath Dwivedy, the Praja Socialist candidate, said Kumar Mishra, a 90-year-old freedom fighter from Kendrapada.