Berhampur, March 25(LocalWire): Rallies by political parties today, on the last day of filing nominations for the first phase of polls on 11 April, brought the city to a halt much to the chagrin of the common man.
Commuters bore the brunt of traffic snarls as candidates of all political parties took out rallies before filing their nomination at the sub-collectors office here.
Huge traffic snarls were reported from Kamapalli area, near the sub-collector’s office, as the candidates rushed to fill their nomination before 3 pm, as scheduled by the election commission.
Besides the last day of filing of nomination papers for the first phase of election, today was considered auspicious by several leaders contesting the polls during the second phase who also filed their nomination papers.
The BJD candidates who filed their nomination included the food supply and consumer welfare minister Surya Narayan Patro (Digapahandi), along with Bikram Kumar Panda (Berhampur), Pradeep Kumar Panigrahy (Gopalpur) and Nandini Devi (Sanakhemundi). The Congress candidates were former MLA (Sanakhemundi) Ramesh Jena, Lingaraj Choudhury (Berhampur) and Bibhuti Jena (Gopalpur) while Pinky Pradhan (Digapahandi) and Kanhu Charan Pati (Berhampur) from the BJP also took out huge rallies.
Similarly, Chhatrapur, the district headquarter and Bhanjanagara, the sub-divisional town saw a massive show of strength by the candidates who filed their nomination along with a huge contingent of followers.
At Chhatrapur, the Lok Sabha candidates for Berhampur V Chandra Sekhar Naidu (Congress) and Bhrugu Boxipatra (BJP), for Aska Lok Sabha constituency Pramila Bisoi (BJD), Rama Krushna Panda (CPI) and Anita Priyadarshini (BJP) filed their nominations.
At Bhanjanagara, BJD leader and rural development minister Bikram Keshari Arukh filed his nomination. He also held a rally before filing the nomination.
While Berhampur and its seven Assembly segments in Ganjam and Gajapati districts will go to poll in the first hase, Aska Parliamentary seat and its seven Assembly segments will go to poll in second phase on 18 April.