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BJD may field fresh faces in at least 13 Lok Sabha seats

Bhubaneswar: Chief minister and BJD president Naveen Patnaik may repeat his 2014 strategy and replace applicants in a minimum of 13 of the 21 Lok Sabha seats.
“Fielding new applicants will assist us beat anti-incumbency towards many sitting MPs whilst it will also assist test infighting as many MLAs don't proportion a just right rapport with their MPs,” a senior BJD chief said. In 2014, the BJD had won 20 out the 21 Lok Sabha seats with BJP successful the remainder one.

The party should field new faces within the 3 parliamentary seats of Kendrapada, Aska and Dhenkanal. Baijayant Panda, who used to be elected from Kendrapda in 2014, has resigned from the party whilst Aska MP Ladu Kishore Swain has gave up the ghost. Dhenkanal MP Tathagata Satpathy has introduced retirement from electoral politics.

Administrator-turned-politician Nalini Kant Pradhan is a pacesetter for Sambalpur Lok Sabha seat recently held by means of the BJD’s Nagendra Pradhan.

Former Union minister Chandrasekhar Sahoo, who remaining 12 months give up the Congress to enroll in the BJD, may get the party price tag for Berhampur Lok Sabha seat, replacing two-time MP and actor Siddhant Mohapatra.

The BJD is also recognized to be searching for somebody to interchange Ramachandra Hansdah in Mayurbhanj Lok Sabha seat. Hansdah has fallen out of favour after his arrest in reference to the chit fund scam in November 2014. Former student chief of SCB medical college, Debasish Marandi, who joined the BJD in May 2017 is also fielded from Mayurbhanj in his place.

The seat is reserved for a Scheduled Tribe candidate. Debasish had contested the 2014 Lok Sabha ballot on Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) price tag and had secured 1.72 lakh votes.

The BJD is learnt to be searching for contemporary faces in Bargarh, Berhampur, Bhadrak, Bhubaneswar, Jajpur, Keonjhar, Koraput, Sambalpur and Sundargarh as smartly.

Last time, the party had given tickets to new faces in 13 Lok Sabha constituencies whilst it retained its applicants in 8 seats — Puri, Bhubaneswar, Berhampur, Cuttack, Kendrapada, Dhenkanal, Bhadrak and Balangir. This used to be considered to be a significant reason why in the back of its sweep then.

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