Naveen Keeps Promise

Naveen Patnaik proved that he is ‘Man Of Words’ as he fulfilled his promise of fielding 33 per cent of women candidates inLok Sabha elections.

 
With naming Chandrani Murmu as its candidate from Keonjhar (ST) Parliamentary constituency, BJD has fielded seven candidates for Lok Sabha Seats out of 21.
 
"The BJD has fielded 33 per cent women candidates of the state's 21 Lok Sabha seats. We stand by our promises made in this regard," BJD president and Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik told Media after announcing name of Chandrika Murmu.
 
Ms.Murmu, a technocrat who joined the Governing Outfit on 1April, was named as the BJD candidates on 2 April. She replaced the sitting woman MP Sakuntala Laguri.
 
The party has fielded women candidates and all of them are new faces in the Lok Sabha segments like Aska (Pramila Bisoi), Bhadrakh (Manjulata Mandal), Jagatsinghpur   (Rajashree Mallick), Jajpur (Sarmistha Sethi), Koraput (Kausalya Hikaka), Sundergarh (Sunita Biswal) and Keonjhar (Chandrani Murmu).
 
Mr.Patnaik also named party's sitting MLA from Pallahara Mahesh Sahoo as BJD candidate from Dhenkanal Lok Sabha seat.
 
Earlier, Dhenkanal MP Tathagat Satpathy had announced not to contest the 2019 elections.
 
Dhenkanal Lok Sabha seat will this time witness fight between two Sangh Parivar leaders. Mr.Sahoo had joined the BJD and become an MLA from Pallahara after quitting the BJP.
 
Meanwhile, the BJP has named its former Rajya Sanbha MP Rudra Narayan Pani, also a Sangh Parivar member, as its candidate in Dhenkanal seat.
 
With announcement of candidates for Keonjhar and Dhenkanal, BJD has fielded its candidates in all the 21 Lok Sabha seats.
 
Mr.Patnaik has also denied BJD tickets to two sitting women MPs like Pratyusha Rajeswari Singh (Kandhamal) and Sakutanla Laguri (Keonjhar). Meanwhile, Ms.Singh has resigned from the BJD and joined BJP.
 
While Patnaik retained four sitting MPs to contest the Lok Sabha polls, he fielded new candidates in 17 other places. The four MPs who got re-nomination were: Pinaki Mishra (Puri), Kalikesh Narayan Singh Deo (Balangir), Bhartruhari Mahatab (Cuttack) and Rabindra Jena (Balasore).
 
The party has fielded new candidates in the Lok Sabha segments of Aska (Pramila Bisoi), Berhampur (Chandrasekhar Sahu), Bhadrak (Manjulata Mandal), Bargarh (Prasanna Acharya), Dhenkanal (Mahesh Sahoo), Koraput (Kausalya Hikaka),Kalahandi (Pushpendra Singhdeo), Kandhamal (Achyut Samanta), Kendrapara (Anubhav Mohanty), Keonjkhar (Chandrani Murmu), Nabarangpur (Ramesh Chandra Majhi), Jajgatsinghpur (Rajashree Mallick), Jajpur (Sarmistha Sethi), Sundergarh (Sunita Biswal), Sambalpur (Nalini Kanta Pradhan), Mayurbhanj (Debasish Marandi) and Bhubaneswar (Arup Patnaik).
 
Mr.Patnaik has also fielded three Rajya Sabha MPs (Prasanna Acharya, Achyut Samant and Anubhav Mohanty) in three different Lok Sabha seats and one member from Upper House Soumya Ranjan Patnaik in Khandapada Assembly segment.
 
However, Patnaik retained Jajpur MLA Pranab Prakash Das, but replaced Korai MLA Akash Das Nayak with Ashok Bal.
 
Sitting Athamallik Lawmaker, Sanjeeb Sahoo has been replaced by Ramesh Sai.
 
Mr.Sai a senior administrative officer is popular among the people for his swift action and has been picked up by Mr.Patnaik.
 


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