Bhubaneswar, Jan 16: Widespread speculation is rife as to who will replace Basant Panda after the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) announced to change its Odisha guard on January 17 .
The nomination process for the election will start today at the party headquarters in the presence of Central observers for organizational polls – Narendra Singh Tomar and Rajiv Pratap Rudy.
There are a number of senior leaders in the race to lead the party’s state unit.
Sources said state vice-president Sameer Mohanty, former state BJP president KV Singhdeo, former Union Minister Jual Oram, Suresh Pujari and general secretary Prithviraj Harichandan are among the top contenders to steer the party in the state.
However, party is zeroing on either state vice-president Sameer Mohanty or general secretary Prithviraj Harichandan to sit at the helm, informed a party source requesting not to be named.