Naveen In Hinjili

 Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, who is seeking re-election for fifth time in a row from Hinjili Assembly Segment, kicked ostarted election campaign on 12 April by leading a massive road show.

 
The Biju Janata Dal (BJD) President held a marathon road show in different places across his own constituency, comprising Hinjili and Sheragada blocks, where polling will be held in the second phase on 18 April . 
 
Braving scorching sun, sea of human being lined up on both sides of the roads as the Chief Minister waved at the crowd while moving in a high-tech bus. In his brief address, Mr.Patnaik sought the blessing of the people.
 
Mr.Patnaik also hit out the BJP Government at the Centre accusing it of neglecting the farmers.
 
Raising the issue of farmers in his home constituency assumed significance as most of the voters in the area are farmers. 
 
 As his campaign vehicle traversed through the constituency, BJD candidate for Aska Lok Sabha seat, 68-year old Pramila Bisoi and party supporters followed him.
 
Total voters in Hinjili are around 2.18 lakh.
 
"The victory of our party President is certain. We are only concerned about raising his winning margin,” said a BJD worker. Similar view was expressed by a former Zilla Parishad Member of Sheragada.
 
Mr.Patnaik had won the seat by a margin of 26,417 over his Congress nominee in 2000, the winning margin increased to 42,642 in 2004.
 
In 2009 and 2014, his winning margin had increased to 61,773 and 76,586 respectively.
 
Making his electoral debut in 1997, Patnaik won the by-election from Aska Lok Sabha seat as a nominee of the erstwhile Janata Dal, The seat had fallen vacant following thedeath of his father Biju Patnaik. Patnaik was also elected to the Lok Sabha from Aska in1998 and 1999.
 
He has been successfully fighting assembly elections from Hinjili since 2000.
 
Besides Hinjili, Mr.Patnaik is also seeking election this time from Bijepur in Western Odisha.
 
 
BJP has pitted Pitambar Acharya, a senior Advocate of Odisha High Court against Mr.Patnaik, while Congress has fielded Sambhu Panigrahi in Hinjili.
 
Mr.Acharya alleged that Hinjili was neglected by Mr.Patnaik and hundreds of people migrated to other states to eke out a livelihood.
 
Mr.Panigrahi claimed that people in the area are angry over rampant corruption in all spheres.
 
However as the women folks are supporting Naveen Patnaik, it will be difficult for his opponents to outsmart him in poll battle, said Aniruddha Gouda, a farmer, whose wife is an active WSHG Member.
 


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