Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Mar 14 :
The Biju Janata Dal (BJD) today announced the names of 3 Lok Sabha candidates and 18 more candidates for the first phase of Assembly polls.
The BJD president and chief minister Naveen Patnaik announced the names at Naveen Niwas.
While Nagendra Pradhan will contest the Sambalpur Lok Sabha seat Balabhadra Majhi will be the party candidate inthe Nabarangpur Lok Sabha seat. Dr Pravas Singh has been named the candidate for the Bargarh Lok Sabha seat.
The names of 18 Assembly candidates are, Bhatli-Susant Singh, Jharigan-Ramesh Majhi, Brajarajnagar-Anup Sai, Bhanjanagar-Bikram Arukh, Kuchinda-Bhubaneswar Kissan, Umerkote-Subhas Gond, Jharsuguda-Kishore Mohanty, Redhakhol-Rohit Pujari,Bijepur-Prasanna Acharya, Nabarangpur-Manohar Randhari, Boudh-Pradip Amat, Debagarh-Anita Pradhan, Bargarh-Debash Acharya, Padmapur– Bijay Ranjan Singh Bariha, Atabira-Snehangini Chhuria, Malkangiri-Manas Madkami, Dabugan-Mochiram Nayak, and Chitrakonda-Dambaru Sisa.
Although Bikram Keshari Arukh’s name was being discussed as the possible BJD candidate for the Kandhamal Lok Sabha seat, now that he has been given ticket for his old assembly seat Bhanjanagar, the party is likely to name someone else instead for the parliamentary constituency.
Interestingly, the sitting Redhakhol MLA and Finance minister Prasanna Acharya has been shifted to Bijepur constituency and Rohit Pujari who was the party’s candidate for the Sambalpur Lok Sabha seat in 2009 has been allotted Redhakhol assembly constituency. Sources said, while Acharya was insisting on sticking to his old seat, Pujari was lobbying hard for Redhakhol.