New Delhi: Four Lok Sabha seats in Odisha namely Kalahandi, Nabarangpur, Berhampur and Koraput will go to polls on April 11.
As per the directive of the Election Commission of India, political parties and their candidates stopped their poll campaigns by 5 PM on Tuesday, April 9. Today is also the last day for filing of nominations for the fourth phase of Lok Sabha elections. Scrutiny will take place tomorrow, on April 10, while April 12 is the last date for withdrawal of candidature.
All major political parties, including the Biju Janata Dal (BJD), Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Congress, have nominated their candidates and campaigning for the polls since last two weeks. Ahead of the elections, the Election Commission, state police and other officials concerned have taken measures to ensure free, fair and peaceful conduct of elections. Officials in charge of polling duty along with security personnel have also been mobilised to make arrangments in these constituencies.
The ruling BJD’s Arka Keshari Deo is the sitting Member of Parliament from the Kalahandi seat. BJD has, however, dropped the incumbent MP and named Dharmagarh MLA Pushpendra Singh Deo as the candidate from this seat. Meanwhile, the BJP has fielded its state unit president Basanta Panda in Kalahandi thus replacing Pradipta Naik. The Congress party has fielded senior leader Bhakta Charan Das from Kalahandi Lok Sabha seat.
BJD has fielded Ramesh Maji as their candidate from Nabarangpur. Sitting BJD MP from Nabarangpur, Balabhadra Majhi who switched to BJP is also a candidate in this election. Meanwhile, Congress has fielded former MP Pradeep Majhi who lost last time during the polls.
In Berhampur, BJD has dropped their incumbent two-time MP Siddhanta Mahapatra and has fielded Chandra Sekhar Sahu. Sahu, a former Union Minister won Berhampur Lok Sabha polls in 2004. On the other hand, Congress has fielded businessman Chandrasekhar Naidu from this seat. Meanwhile, BJP has fielded Bhrugu Baxipatra. Berhampur Lok Sabha seat consists of Chhatrapur (SC), Gopalpur, Berhampur Digapahandi, Chikiti, Mohana (ST) and Paralakhemundi.
The BJD has appointed Jhina Hikaka’s wife Kausalya to fight the polls from this seat. Meanwhile, the Congress party has pitched Saptagiri Sankar Ulaka to take on the BJP’s Jayaram Pangi and BJD’s Kausalya in this constituency.