Suspense persists over BJD candidate in Kendrapara assembly segment

Prameyanews English

Published By : Prameya News Bureau | April 18, 2024 IST

Bhubaneswar, April 18: The Biju Janata Dal (BJD) is currently grappling with the decision of selecting its candidate for the Kendrapara assembly seat in the upcoming assembly election. 

The situation has become more complex after Ganeswar Behera, a former Congress Minister, joined the BJD.

Ganeswar Behera, who was previously associated with the Congress party, recently switched to the BJD. There were discussions about the BJD granting a ticket to Ganeswar Behera from the Kendrapara assembly seat.

However, in the fifth announcement of BJD candidates, Kendrapara did not figure on the list.

As a result, ticket aspirants from the Kendrapara assembly segment are now concerned about their chances.

Rumors suggest that there is resentment within the local BJD regarding Ganeswar Behera’s candidature. Other aspirants for the party ticket are quietly opposing Ganeswar Behera’s candidacy.

Despite this, Ganeswar has been actively engaging with local BJD leaders in various programs and functions to address any discontent.

In the 2019 elections, the BJD faced a critical situation while selecting a candidate for the Kendrapara assembly segment.

The contest was intense, with former MLA Sipra Malik, Kishore Chandra Tarai, and Rajesh vying for the party ticket.

Ultimately, the BJD decided to field an outsider, Sashi Bhusan Behera, as its candidate.Sashi Bhusan secured a comfortable victory in the election in 2019.

Given this history, the suspense over the BJD candidate for the Kendrapara assembly segment continues. The party must carefully weigh its options to ensure a strong representation in the upcoming election.  


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