Berhampur, March 8 (LocalWire): The CPI’s national council member Rama Krushna Panda will contest from Aska Lok Sabha constituency in the general election. The party approved his candidature during the cadres’ meeting at Aska on Thursday, former MLA and CPI’s state secretariat member N Narayan Reddy said.
The state unit of the party, however, will formally declare the party’s candidates, including Aska Lok Sabha and some other assembly seats in the next two to three days, he said.
Reddy explained that though there was no alliance with the Congress, seats would be shared with the JMM and the Congress in some Assembly and Lok Sabha seats. Accordingly, the Congress was offering three parliamentary seats – Aska and Bhubaneswar to the CPI and CPM respectively and might also offer a Parliamentary seat to the JMM. The seat sharing of Assembly seats between the CPI and the Congress, however, was yet to be finalized, he said. The Aska Parliamentary seat with seven Assembly constituencies is considered a CPI fort.
Panda will start campaigning from Friday after the party approves his candidature. Panda belongs to Pitala village near Hinjili in Ganjam district was a former student leader and president of AISF. He is also the one of the secretaries of All India Trade Union Congress. ‘I am confident to win the election as the people of the area are frustrated by the BJD regime in the state and Modi in the Centre,’said Panda.
Veteran CPI leader Duti Krushna Pandawas elected from Aska Lok Sabha in 1967 elections. Similarly, CPI candidates won five and four times in Aska and Kabisurya Nagara Assembly segments, respectively, which are under Aska Parliamentary constituency.