Modi To Contest From Puri!

Will Prime Minister Narendra Modi contest the next elections from Puri Lok Sabha segment in Odisha?

Though there is a country wide speculation in this regard, PM Modi himself in an interview in New Delhi rejected the talk. He rather blamed it on media and said it was “media creation.”

Interestingly, his party men in Odisha do not go by the PM’s words.  Their statement s have made it clear that the issue was not media created.

BJP leader and MLA Pradip Purohit  claimed that Prime Minister Modi is likely to contest the upcoming general elections from the Puri constituency in Odisha.

"One cannot rule out the prime minister contesting from Puri. There is 90 per cent possibility of the PM contesting from Puri seat," Mr.Purohit told reporters.

"The Prime Minister loves the people of Odisha and has an attachment with Puri. Therefore, he may prefer this seat for the next elections," Mr.Purohit said.

The BJP Law Maker further said that in the 2014 elections,  Modi has contested from Varanasi seat after taking blessings of Lord Jagannth. Therefore, he is most likely to conest from Jagannath Dham

Mr.Purohit, however, said that Modi’s candidature will be decided by the BJP’s Parliamentary Board.

Biju Janata Dal's Pinaki Mishra won from the Puri seat by bagging 50.33 per cent votes. Of the seven assembly segments under the Puri Lok Sabha constituency, the BJD holds six while the BJP has only one -- Chilika.

BJP Vice President Samir Mohanty said, "We will be very happy if the prime minister contests from Odisha. The state BJP has proposed the matter to the central leadership."

Earlier, State BJP President Basant Panda had said that the Odisha unit of the party has proposed to field the prime minister from Puri.

The BJP feels that Mr.Modi's candidature from the state will further brighten its chances of performing better in Odisha.

BJP's Puri District President Prabhanjan Mohapatra said: "I think Modi will contest from Puri Lok Sabha seat. This is because the central BJP leadership has been taking stock of the situation of the area on regular basis."

Stating that Mr.Modi's possible candidature from the state will have no impact on the people of Odisha, BJD spokesman Sasmit Patra said: "Let the Prime Minister himself and his party make it clear from where Modi will contest."

The Governing  BJD continue to hold the Puri Lok Sabha seat for the last 20 years. The party candidates won the seat in 1998, 1999, 2004, 2009 and 2014.
The Prime Minister’s frequent visit to Odisha is also an indication of Modi and his party giving maxium importance to the state.
On December 24, Mr.Modi addressed a rally at Khurda and scheduled to visit Mayurbhanj district on 5 January and on 16 January,  he will visit Bolangir district.

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