Barabati-Cuttack candidates eye on CDA votes

Prameyanews English

Published By : Prameya News Bureau | May 11, 2024 IST

Cuttack

Cuttack, May 11:  Voters of Cuttack Development Authority (CDA) area,  usually intellectual and established  persons from all walks of life, are going to play a major role in Barabati-Cuttack Assembly constituency, which is going to witness a triangular fight.

The CDA area also known as Markatnagar ,is divided into four wards by Cuttack Municipal Corporation (CMC), (Ward No - 4, 5, 6 and 7 )where around 15,000 voters reside. The mood of CDA voters plays a major role in deciding  the fate of Barabati-Cuttack candidates.  The CDA voters had supported Congress candidate Mohammed Moquim in 2019 that helped him to get elected to Odisha Assembly.

This time, all the candidates of Barabati-Cuttack have focused on CDA vote bank.

BJD's Barabati-Cuttack Assembly constituency candidate Prakash Behera, former Salipur MLA and ex-district BJP unit president, is residing in CDA as a tenant and meeting locals visiting parks and popular tea shops of the area. Besides, he has opened his campaigning office there. Behera and Cuttack Lok Sabha candidate of BJD Satrupta Mishra are rented residents of CDA area.

On the othe hand,the BJP has fielded renowned gynaecologist Dr Purna Chandra Mohapatra, a retired professor from the city-based SCB Medical College, for the Barabati-Cuttack seat. He is a permanent resident of CDA and running his clinic there. Dr Mohapatra is associated with several social and cultural outfits of the area for years.

Congress candidate Sofia Firdous, daughter of standing MLA Mohammed Moquim, is a new face. 

Moquim was debarred from contesting the polls owing to a 24-year-old corruption case against him and he is presently handing the campaigning affair of his daughter.

Former Cuttack Nagar Congress president Giribala Behera, who has long association with CDA residents, is managing campaigning of Sofia. 

Sofia has attended several meetings in the area organised by Behera.

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