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Naveen Patnaik may contest assembly election from western Odisha

BHUBANESWAR: BJD president and chief minister Naveen Patnaik on Sunday mentioned he is ‘critically making an allowance for’ a suggestion to battle the imminent assembly elections from western Odisha, traditionally a Congress and BJP stronghold.

The chief minister’s announcement got here after many heavyweights of his celebration from western regions and folks from more than a few walks met him at his place of dwelling and instructed to battle from any of the constituencies in their regions.

“The leaders of western Odisha—the farmers, the women and the students—have asked that I stand from western Odisha. I am making an allowance for it very critically,” Naveen instructed journalists after the assembly.

Though the BJD president didn't title any constituency in western regions from the place he will battle the assembly ballot; sources mentioned he may make a choice Bijepur underneath Bargarh Lok Sabha segment or Rairakhol assembly segment underneath Sambalpur Lok Sabha.

By roping in Naveen from western Odisha; BJD eyes an enormous acquire from the area which has 5 Lok Sabha seats and 37 assembly constituencies.

The chief minister didn't explain whether or not he would contest once more from Hinjili; from the place he has been profitable since 2000. Naveen had elected for the fourth time in 2014 with a document margin of 76,586 votes.

“The chief minister has given special emphasis for construction of western regions particularly all through the final 5 years. So, leaders from our regions and folks from different walks like farmers, poets, scholars and youths made an emotional request to Naveen Babu to battle from western Odisha,” mentioned veteran leader from the area and Rajya Sabha member Prasanna Acharya.

Asked whether or not they've requested for any constituency; Acharya mentioned they've left it to the BJD president even though each and every leader wants that he should battle from his/her district.

Both Aska and Bargarh Lok Sabha segments and the assembly constituencies underneath it could cross to polls in the second one phase on April 18.

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