Rourkela, Oct 21: Former Indian Hockey Team captain Dilip Tirkey is further going to try his political luck against veteran BJP leader and former Union minister Jual Oram.
Oram, who has contested five times in Sundargarh Lok Sabha seat and won four times, is all set to fight from his home turf in 2024 as a MP candidate.
Tirkey contested against Oram as a MP candidate for the first time in 2014 and managed to secure just only 18,829 votes. Later, he kept himself away from political activities of the party in the district.
The BJD replaced Tirkey and fielded Sunita Biswal, the daughter of former Chief Minister late Hemananda Biswal. Jual defeated her with a margin of over two lakh votes.
The sports lovers, tribal youths of Sundargarh are very happy after construction of world’s largest hockey stadium and successful holding of Hockey World Cup 2023 in Rourkela.
The BJD is planning to turn the hockey fever into votes by fielding the former captain, who played a pivotal role in organizing Hockey World Cup 2023 in Rourkela.
Tirkey has already started organization in the district following party’s green signal for his candidature.