Berhampur, May 29 (LocalWire): Scores of supporters of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik have urged him to retain his old constituency of Hinjili in Ganjam district.
Patnaik was elected from both Hinjili and Bijepur constituencies in the just concluded elections. He is yet to decide which seat to retain.
“We have made an emotional plea to the chief minister not to leave the seat,” said Sheragada panchayat samiti chairperson Sarash Swain.
“We met him after the election and hope he keeps the seat for himself,” said former Zilla Parishad member Sameer Pradhan.
“People of Hinjili gave him a huge mandate in every election. He hope he will not disappoint us,” said Ajay Moharana, a BJD supporter.
This time, Patnaik had a victory margin of more than 60,000 votes in Hinjili.
In the past, Brundaban Nayak, a former state minister, was elected eight times from Hinjili. And now, close on his heels, Patnaik has been elected for fifth time in a row from Hinjili.
“Hinjili needs him. There are developmental works that need his attention. Naveen should not leave the constituency,” said a retired professor in Hinjili.
“BJD gains strength in his presence. He should not leave Ganjam district where he started his political carrier,” said a BJD secretary.