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Ex-works secy joins BJD, may contest from Sambalpur LS seat

Bhubaneswar: Former state works secretary Nalini Kant Pradhan took a plunge into politics on Friday as he joined the ruling BJD in presence of birthday party president and leader minister Naveen Patnaik right here at Naveen Niwas.
Party resources stated Nalini Kant is likely to be fielded as BJD’s Lok Sabha candidate from Sambalpur parliamentary phase, which is lately being held via BJD’s Nagendra Pradhan.

Welcoming him to the birthday party, Naveen stated his becoming a member of will give a boost to BJD within the area.

In his response, Nalini Kant stated, “Simplicity, self-discipline and revolutionary ideas of leader minister for building of Odisha inspired him to enroll in BJD.”

“As an administrator, I've worked below the executive minister. After becoming a member of the birthday party, I can proceed to serve other folks of our area,” stated Nalini Kant.

A resident of Athamallik house in Angul district, Nalini Kant stated regardless that he has not gained any indication from the birthday party management to battle the impending polls, he has evinced his hobby to battle the polls if given a possibility.

After serving as s paintings secretary for greater than 5 years, Nalini Kant, a 1980-batch civil engineer, resigned from provider on February 27, nearly a month sooner than of completion of his one-year extension period. He got one-year extension after retirement from provider in March 2018.

By fielding Nalini Kant from the seat, the ruling dispensation plans to garner the toughen of chasa group, which has important presence in four of the seven meeting seats below the Sambalpur Lok Sabha phase. More than 50% inhabitants in Athamallik, Chendipada, Rairakhol and Deogarh meeting constituencies belong to chasa group.

With both the BJP and the Congress making fresh inroads in Sambalpur area, the BJD plans to achieve via roping in fresh, non-controversial and soft-spoken faces like Nalini Kant, stated an analyst.

Despite being considered as one of the vital confidants of CM all the way through his stint as paintings secretary, Nalini Kant had gained grievance from political parties over collapse of bridges below building. He also gained flak over inordinate lengthen in building of Bomikhal road overbridge and Netaji Subash Chandra Bose bridge connecting Cuttack and Bhubaneswar.

His position used to be also crucial in a success of completion of nearly 1-km Gurupriya bridge in Maoist-affected Malkangiri district with the bridge offering connectivity to 151 villages within the cut-off house (now Swabhiman house). Nalini Kant used to be instrumental in building of Biju Expressway (Rourkela-Bargarh) stretch and successfully taken up a number of bridge tasks over the Mahanadi in Sambalpur and Cuttack districts.

When contacted, the Sambalpur MP declined to comment the rest on Nalini Kant becoming a member of the birthday party.

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