Bhubaneswar, Jan 2: With the impending election on the horizon, the dynamics are swiftly evolving within the Malkanagiri assembly segment, raising concerns for the BJP as they strive to secure this seat once more in 2024.
In the 2019 elections, internal discord within the ruling BJD played a pivotal role as Aditya Madhi, the BJP candidate, clinched a resounding victory in Malkangiri. The BJD suffered a significant setback, with their candidate Mukunda Sodi finishing in third place. Having dominated Malkanagiri in the 2009 and 2014 elections, the BJD is now gearing up for a comeback in 2024. Meanwhile, the Congress, which secured the second position in the last election, is actively devising its strategy for a potential win.
The 2019 electoral battle in Malkanagiri unfolded as a three-way contest among the BJP, Congress, and BJD, culminating in Aditya Madhi's triumph. Currently, MLA Aditya Madhi stands as the primary contender for the BJP ticket. However, District President Nimai Pal has stated, "Given MLA Aditya Madhi's health condition, alternative aspirants can be considered for tickets, ensuring the party's victory in this constituency."
Mala Madhi, the Congress candidate who secured the second position in the previous election, emerges as a prominent aspirant for the party ticket in 2024. Govind Patra, the District Congress Committee President, expressed confidence, stating, "The party is in a favorable position, enjoying the trust of the people, and there is a real possibility of winning this election."
In contrast, former MLA and BJD district president, Manas Madkami, exuded optimism, declaring, "The party is poised to reclaim this seat in the 2024 election, devoid of any internal factions or conflicts." Madkami, along with other contenders, is a front-runner for the party ticket this time. However, the candidate selection process will hold paramount importance for the ruling party in the impending election.