Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Feb 10:
Odisha’s ruling party-Biju Janata Dal today announced its district presidents’ list for 29 out of the 32 organisational districts. The remaining three districts – Sambalpur, Ganjam and Balangir need some more time to work out the names of the candidates, said party spokesperson and Returning Officer of the party for organizational polls Pratap Deb.
“As per party constitution, we would go to polls for electing BJD state council members from tomorrow. The polls for the party’s state executive members would follow. We are hopeful of completing the election of the party president by March 1,” Deb added.
Out of the 29 organisational districts- for which names of the presidents were announced today- 20 districts have given the sitting presidents a repeat term and the remaining nine have new candidates.
As per a notification issued by the party, the nine new district presidents are Sudhir Kumar Kapardar – Deogarh, Pradeep Kumar Nayak – Gajapati, Mahidhara Rana – Boudh, Pushpendra Singhdeo – Kalahandi, Saroj Kumar Kampa – Subarnapur, Dhruba Sahoo – Kendrapara, Ashish Chakravarty -Keonjhar, Bibhuti Bhusan Balabantray -Khurda, Manas Madkami -Malkangiri and Ashish Chakravarty – Keonjhar.
The presidents of the other 20 districts, where the previous presidents were given another extension are: Pratap Jena – Cuttack, Nrusingha Charan Sahu – Dhenkanal, Rajani Kanta Singh – Angul, Ananta Das – Balasore, Bijaya Ranjan Singh Bariha -Bargarh, Arjun Charan Sethi – Bhadrak, Babuli Mishra – Bhubaneswar, Bishnu Charan Das – Jagatsinghpur, Kishore Kumar Mohanty – Jharsuguda, Naresh Chandra Mohanty – Jajpur, Saroj Kumar Karna – Kandhamal, Jayaram Pangi – Koraput, Laxman Tudu – Mayurbhanj, Rabi Narayan Mahapatra – Nayagarh, Maheswar Mohanty – Puri, Ananda Chandra Mohanty – Rourkela, Sudhir Kumar Das -Rayagada, Mangala Kisan – Sundergarh, Ramesh Chandra Majhi – Nabarangpur and Prasanna Kumar Padhi – Nuapada.
As per sources in BJD, differences between Rohit Pujari and Raseswari Panigrahi have delayed the results of Sambalpur. Similarly, a power struggle between Kalikesh Narayan Singhdeo and Jogendra Behera has delayed the results of Balangir. In Ganjam, while the party workers want the sitting president to go, a new name could not be agreed upon in time.