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3 royal scions may fight on BJD tickets

Bhubaneswar: Three descendants of royal families in Odisha are prone to make an electoral debut this time. Well-educated and good, the royal scions are already in movement in the segments from the place they want to contest.
Arkesh Singhdeo, 32, grandson of former leader minister Rajendra Narayan Singhdeo and son of former minister and BJD veteran A U Singhdeo, is keen to battle from Balangir meeting phase. The young scion was hoping for a price ticket in 2014, however BJD fielded his father. But, the senior Singhdeo misplaced to Narasingha Mishra (Congress), who is now chief of opposition.

“I have been operating hard at the grassroots-level for the past six years. I have reinforced the celebration organization. I'm additionally in touch with the people of my area,” Arkesh, who has performed BA in historical past honours from Sunrise University, Rajasthan, informed TOI. He is an alumni of Doon School, Dehradun. “I'm currently pursuing my masters degree via correspondence from the University of London,” he mentioned.

Arkesh’s elder brother Kalikesh Narayan Singhdeo is a sitting MP from Balangir. He had taken the plunge into electoral politics in 2004 and received from Saintala meeting seat. After Saintala was abolished in 2009 delimitation, Kalikesh switched over to Balangir parliamentary phase.

Kalahandi MP Arka Keshari Deo’s spouse Malavika Devi will likely be entering the fray for the first time. She is hoping to get a BJD price ticket from her husband’s seat or Junagarh meeting phase. Malavika, who is an MBA, had campaigned with her husband in 2014 election. She could also be a social worker. “I'm to battle the election and serve other people as their consultant. It is up to the celebration from which position it fields me as a candidate,” she mentioned.

This election will even witness a royal scion from Gajapati district entering the fray. Kalyani Devi, the great granddaughter of erstwhile king of Paralakhemundi Maharaja Krushna Chandra Gajapati, not too long ago joined BJD and met leader minister Naveen Patnaik. She is the daughter of Gopinath Gajapati, who was Congress’ MP from Berhampur two times from 1989-1991 and 1991-1996.

Kalyani is an alumnus of Christ College, Bengaluru. She was earlier staying in Chennai. “I come from a political circle of relatives. It is up to the chief minister to take a decision on my candidature,” she mentioned.

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