Bhubaneswar, Feb,10: The recent resignation of Telkoi MLA Premananda Nayak from the BJD has created a flutter in the political circle of Keonjhar district. The politics in Keonjhar is now getting hot.
The two-time BJD MLA and former minister Premananda Nayak has alleged that he has been sidelined in the party and his opponent, former Champua MLA Dhanurjay Sidu, was allowed to join BJD while he was overlooked. Other sitting BJD MLAs are also apprehensive about their future. it is said that they may not be given party tickets in the ensuing election.
Keonjhar has been known as the bastion of the ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD) for two decades. Out of six assembly seats except Keonjhar, all five assembly segments are in the hands of BJD. Even the Keonjhar Lok Sabha seat is represented by BJD MP Chandrani Murmu.
Now, It is rumored that BJD tickets will be distributed on the basis of winnability. So the current MLAs and MPs are now in doubt about whether they will be given tickets or not in the upcoming election.
In 2019, Bhagirath Sethi won the election after defrauding the BJP at the last moment. But as an MLA, he failed miserably in the last panchayat election, So. Bhagirath's future is in jeopardy
In the Champua constituency too, sitting BJD MLA Meenakshi Mahanta is said to be not in the good book of the party's high command.
Ghasipura MLA Badri Narayan Patra and Patna MLA and District Planning Board Chairman Jagannath Naik are politically in a good position. These two leaders may be repeated once again as BJD candidates.