Odisha: Nimapara BJD office bearers resign en mass supporting Samir Dash

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Published By : Prameya News Bureau | May 05, 2024 IST

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Bhubaneswar, May 5:  In a surprising development in the Nimapara assembly segment of Puri district, office-bearers at the block, NAC, and GP levels of the Biju Janata Dal (BJD) have collectively resigned from their positions.

 Their dissatisfaction stems from the party’s candidate selection process for the upcoming elections. They have issued an ultimatum to BJD supremo and Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, demanding a change in the party’s candidate by Sunday.

Nimapara MLA and former Minister Samir Ranjan Dash is leading this revolt. He has declared that unless his wife, Sangeeta Dash, is granted a party ticket, he will be compelled to resign from the BJD and explore other options. Speaking at a gathering in Nimapara, Dash has set a deadline for the party leadership to address their demands.

Jibanananda Mohapatra, the NAC president of BJD, expressed solidarity with Dash’s cause. Despite prior representations made on April 20, 2024, the party has failed to address their grievances.

Interestingly, the ruling BJD has denied a party ticket to its incumbent MLA, Samir Ranjan Das, who has won from this seat consecutively since 2009. Instead, the party has given the ticket to Dilip Nayak, who recently joined BJD. 

Speculation is rife that Dash may be considering a switch to the saffron party. 

In 2019, BJD candidate Samir Ranjan Dash had won from the Nimapara seat, polling 91,160 votes. The BJP candidate, Pravati Parida, was the runner-up with 59,152 votes. 

The recent events highlight the internal challenges faced by political parties during election season, and the impact of candidate selection decisions on party dynamic.

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