Bhubaneswar, Jan 7: The upcoming election for the Brahmapur assembly seat is witnessing a distinct focus on women candidates from all major political parties-BJD, BJP, and Congress. Currently, there is a search underway for suitable women candidates within this constituency.
Speculations are circulating that the incumbent MLA, Bikram Panda, may be relocated to the Gopalpur assembly segment. Consequently, there are rumors suggesting that BJD is contemplating the nomination of a woman candidate in his place.
The decision by BJD to field a woman candidate in Brahmapur has prompted expectations that BJP might adopt a similar strategy in this electoral battle. Interestingly, since the 1977 elections, no political party has put forth a female candidate for the Brahmapur Assembly constituency. The only exception occurred in 1977 when Ratnamanjara Devi of the Mahuri royal family secured victory as an independent candidate. Since then, the constituency has not seen a woman candidate participate.
This election cycle, it appears that the Brahmapur seat is poised to be contested by women, a trend evident in the 2022 BMC mayor election. Reportedly, the current mayor from BJD, the defeated BJP candidate, and a representative from AAP are expressing interest in entering the assembly elections.
With a substantial list of hopefuls, including district, zone, and state-level party workers, along with the mayor, aspiring for BJD tickets, the competition is robust. There is an anticipation that BJD might nominate at least four women candidates out of the 13 seats in Ganjam district, thereby paving the way for increased representation of women in the forthcoming elections.