Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister and BJD president Naveen Patnaik clarified that Aswini Baishnab will be BJP candidate for Rajya Sabha and BJD will support his candidature.
“I think there’s some confusion. The Prime Minister and Union Home Minister spoke to me on Mr Aswini Baisnab. We will support his candidature,” said Patnaik.
Notably, confusion surfaced whether Ashwini Baishnab is BJP or BJD candidate from Odisha to Rajya Sabha as BJP has announced Baishnab as its candidate on its official Twitter handle.
Patnaik today named party IT Cell chief Amar Patnaik and spokesperson Sasmit Patra and Aswini Baishnab – as the party’s candidates for the Rajya Sabha by-elections slated to be held on July 5.
The by-polls were necessitated following the election of party leaders – Achyuta Samanta, Pratap Keshari Deb and Soumya Ranjan Patnaik – to Lok Sabha and Assembly recently
The BJD would comfortably retain all the three Rajya Sabha seats. BJD has 112 MLAs in the 147-member Assembly.