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BJP names candidates for 5 Lok Sabha constituencies, 22 assembly seats in Odisha – Times of India

BHUBANESWAR: Ending speculations over Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s candidature from Puri, the
BJP has fielded its national spokesperson Sambit Patra from the Lok Sabha seat.


Senior leaders of the saffron party
in
Odisha, including MLA Pradip Purohit, had earlier hinted that Modi might contest the election from the temple town.

The ruling BJD and the opposition Congress are yet to announce the
names of
candidates from the constituency.

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Releasing a fresh list of
candidates Friday
for five parliamentary seats and
22 assembly segments
in
Odisha, the
BJP announced that its state unit president Basant Kumar Panda would contest the polls from Kalahandi Lok Sabha constituency and national secretary Suresh Pujari from Bargarh Lok Sabha constituency.

Sitting MLA Nitesh Ganga Deb has been fielded from Sambalpur Lok Sabha seat, while Jayaram Pangi is the
BJP candidate
for Koraput (ST) parliamentary seat.

While Panda happens to represent Nuapada assembly segment, Ganga Dev is the legislator from Deogarh constituency
in the outgoing Assembly.

The saffron party is yet to announce its candidate
for Kandhamal Lok Sabha constituency, where the ruling BJD has fielded its Rajya Sabha MP Achyut Samanta, and the Congress nominated Manoj Kumar Acharya.

Among the
candidates
for the
22 assembly seats is Shisir Gamang, son of former chief minister Giridhar Gamang.

He would contest the state polls from Gunpur assembly constituency.

Two sitting MLAs – Debraj Mohanty and Purna Chandra Nayak – who had resigned from the ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD) on March 20 following denial of tickets – has been nominated from Aska assembly segment
in Ganjam district and Daspalla
in Nayagarh district respectively.

The new
BJP list also includes a woman candidate, Pinky Pradhan, who happens to be an actress. She will be contesting the election from Digapahandi assembly seat.

Earlier, the party had announced
names of
candidates
for 10 Lok Sabha
constituencies and 99 assembly seats
in
Odisha.

The state, which has 21 Lok Sabha and 147 assembly seats, is scheduled to go to simultaneous voting
in four phases – on April 11, 18, 23 and 29

BJP names candidates for 5 Lok Sabha constituencies, 22 assembly seats in Odisha – Times of India

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