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Koraput set for the big battle

Koraput: The stage is set for a triangular fight a number of the Congress, BJD and BJP for the Koraput Lok Sabha seat. While the BJD has changed its sitting MP Jhina Hikaka along with his spouse Kausalya Hikaka, Congress has fielded Saptagiri Ulaka, son of former minister Ram Chandra Ulaka. And riding prime on the Modi wave is BJP’s Jayaram Pangi, who used to be elected Koraput MP on a BJD price tag in 2009. In 2014, BJP got here 3rd.
Claiming that the BJD MPs elected from the Koraput LS seat in previous 10 years have miserably failed in elevating problems associated with the constituency in Parliament, Saptagiri stated folks want an informed and younger Parliamentarian who would be their voice in New Delhi.

“Development has change into stagnant in Koraput LS seat up to now 10 years. Except the SLN Medical College and Hospital, which used to be sanctioned all through the UPA-II executive, the tribal-dominated district has not gained any primary tasks up to now one decade,” alleged Saptagiri, who holds a graduate level in engineering and used to be out of the country for nearly 15 years running in tool companies.

According to Saptagiri, problems with local unemployment, safety of girls and infrastructure development are the problems he is highlighting all through the marketing campaign. “I'm hopeful of winning the election by way of a excellent margin,” stated Saptagiri, whose father had represented the Koraput LS seat twice and Rayagada assembly seat seven times.

However, countering the Congress candidate, Kausalya of BJD stated, “The BJD executive all the time respects woman and chief minister Naveen Patnaik giving me a chance to serve the people of Koraput is an instance”.

According to Kausalya, up to now 5 years the Koraput LS seat has witnessed a number of development tasks ranging from construction of NH-326, Telangiri minor irrigation undertaking to a meals park in Rayagada, amongst others. However, Kausalya parried questions as what particular development tasks were taken up within the region by way of the state executive barring the regimen works.

BJP’s Pangi stated the sitting MP of BJD had misplaced connection with the people on the grassroots for which he used to be changed by way of his spouse and this time the regional birthday celebration is not going to succeed in fooling the citizens. “People have observed the misrule of the BJD executive and have already made up their mind to vote for the BJP,” stated Pangi.

All the three candidates belong to the Kondi neighborhood. The Koraput LS seat consists of Rayagada, Bissamkatak, Gunupur, Laxmipur, Koraput, Pottangi and Jeypore assembly seats and has 14,08,573 citizens. It used to be a Congress bastion until nine-time MP Giridhar Gamang used to be defeated by way of Pangi in 2009.

Political observers really feel that all the three candidates have equivalent probabilities of winning the election. While two candidates are debutants, Pangi is a veteran flesh presser. In 2014, BJD had won four out of the seven assembly seats underneath Koraput LS seat while Congress had won three. Though the BJP’s organisation base is weak within the region, the Modi issue would possibly paintings for them, stated political analysts.


Constituency: Koraput (April 11)

Top contenders


Short profile: Jayaram Pangi, had won the Koraput LS seat on a BJD price tag in 2009

Strength: A popular tribal chief well-known for his organisational talents

Weakness: May face drawback for weak birthday celebration organisation

Net price

Promises: I can ship to the most efficient of my ability to make Koraput constituency no.1 by way of bringing about all round development, he stated.

BJD: Kausalya Hikaka, spouse of sitting MP Jhina Hikaka

Strength: A debutant and the lone women candidate within the election fray. Ambitious and believes in group paintings

Weakness: Inexperienced in politics and not acquainted a number of the citizens

Net price:

Promises: I can focal point on women empowerment and problems with the realm will be correctly raised in Parliament, she stated.

Congress: Saptagiri Ulaka.

Strength: Belongs to a robust political circle of relatives, well-educated and has labored out of the country for 15 years.

Weakness: He his accused of having no correct concept of the constituency as he has spent around 15 years in a foreign country.

Net price

Promises: I can give particular emphasis to ensure the problem of local unemployment is sorted out, higher irrigation amenities for farmers and safety of girls, he stated

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