Kendrapara: In a major development, Sipra Mallick, who filed nomination as independent candidate from Kendrapara Assembly constituency after being denied ticket by the Biju Janata Dal (BJD), will withdraw her nomination papers today.
Mallick informed about her decision after holding discussions with Chief Minister and BJD president Naveen Patnaik at Naveen Niwas here. Senior leader Atanu Sabyasachi Nayak brought Mallick and outgoing Kendrapara MLA Kishore Tarai to Naveen Niwas in bid to persuade them not to revolt.
Notably, BJD has fielded Finance Minister Sashi Bhusan Behera from Kendrapara Assembly constituency replacing Tarai. Shipra Mallick was the Kendrapara MLA between 2009 and 14. This time she was lobbying for the party ticket.