Bhubaneswar: Congress has changed candidates for Nimapara and Barchana Assembly constituencies.
The party fielded Dilip Nayak and Ajay Samal in place of Satyabrata Patra in Nimapara and Sitakant Mohapatra in Barchana, respectively.
Mohapatra, a three-time former MLA from Barchana constituency, and Patra attributed the reason of their refusal to contest the elections to delay in the announcement of their candidatures.
Earlier, Congress candidates Muktikant Biswal, Pruthvi Ballav Patnaik and Yudhistir Samantaray refused to contest after getting tickets from Rourkela, Begunia and Pipili Assembly constituencies, respectively. The Congress candidate from Tirtol Assembly segment, Bibhu Prasad Tarai, also resigned from the party before joining BJP last week.
Besides, the Congress has already replaced its candidates at Digapahandi, Hinjili, Sambalpur, Cuttack Sadar and Dharmasala Assembly constituencies.