Bhubaneswar: Maintaining that the process for selection of candidates for the ensuing Lok Sabha and State Assembly elections was on, Chief Minister and BJD president Naveen Patnaik toay said that the list would be finalised very soon.
Patnaik claimed that his regional party will perform “very well” in the Lok Sabha and Assembly elections.
“The BJD will perform very well in the assembly and Lok Sabha elections,” Patnaik told media persons here.
Presently, the BJD has 118 MLAs in the 147-member Assembly and 20 MPs in Lok Sabha out of 21 LS segments. The party will field candidates in 147 Assembly and 21 Lok Sabha segments.
On being asked on the possible problems while distributing tickets as many retired bureaucrats and leaders from other parties have joined the BJD, Patnaik said, “We will manage it very well.”
Elections will be held in four phases on April 11, 18, 23 and 29 in the State.