Sundergarh: Union Tribal Affairs Minister Jual Oram today filed nomination papers for the Sundergarh Lok Sabha seat as the BJP candidate.
Accompanied by a large number of supporters Oram arrived at the Sundergarh Collectorate and filed nomination papers before the Returning Officer (RO).
Though the prominent tribal leader is a four-time MP of Sundargarh, but for the first time he won with a thin margin without any alliance in 2014 defeating BJD candidate Dilip Tirkey. Prior to that in 1998, 2000 and 2004, he had won when BJP and BJD had alliance. He had lost the elections in 2009 when he contested without alliance.
This year, Oram would take on BJD’s Sunita Biswal, who is the daughter of former Congress Chief Minister Hemananda Biswal, and George Tirkey, a popular tribal leader, who joined the Congress party last year.