Odisha Sun Times Bureau
The left party has decided to field candidates in 27 assembly constituencies spread across Ganjam, Malkangiri, Koraput, Boudh, Keonjhar, Bhadrak, Balasore, Sundargarh, Puri, Jharsuguda, Khurda and Bolangir districts.
However, Bardhan announcedc the names of only 18 of them saying the names of the other nine will be announced later.
The names announced today were Krushna Nayak (Chhatrapur) in place of present MLA Adikanda Sethi, Haladhar Pujari (Chitrakonda), Suryamani Nayak (Kotpad), Sushant Kumar Adhikari (Jeypore), Abakash Sahu (Boudh), Bidyadhar Mohanty (Champua), Subhendra Pratap Mohanty (Bhandaripokhari), Upendra Roula (Chandabali), Santosh Biswal (Simulia), Jaykrushna Mallick (Soro), Gouranga Panigrahi (Balasore), Duryadhana Bhoi (Sundargarh), Kamal Behera (Kakatpur), Debendranath Sahu (Nimapara), Gajanan Sahu (Brajarajnagar), Basanat Kumar Paikarai (Begunia), Sura Jena (Bhubaneswar-Ekamra), and Premananda Patel (Kantabanji).
The nine Assembly constituencies for which the candidates will be named later, are Khalikote, Sanakhemundi, Aska, Gopalpur, Junagarh, Keonjhar, Balikuda, Erasama, Paradeep and Rengali.
The part, which had a pre-election alliance with the BJD for the general and assembly polls last time, had managed to win the Chhatrapur assembly seats and Jagatsinghpur parliamentary seat in 2009. But this time, the BJD reportedly rebuffed its overtures for a seat sharing arrangement.