Raghunath dropped, Papu Pom Pom in Champua: BJD names candidates for 15 Assembly seats

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Bhubaneswar:Dowry torture accused former minister Raghunath Mohantyhas ben dropped from list of BJD candidates on Monday.

Seating MLAs Jitu Patnaik in Champua and Bibhuti Balabantaray in Jatni and Sipra Mallick in Kendrapara were the prominent losers as BJD supremo Naveen Patnaik announced the list of candidates for 15 Assembly seats in Odisha on Monday.

The candidates for two Assembly seats – Nialii and Patkura – are still to be named.

Nityananda Sahu has replaced Raghunath Mohanty in Basta.

Popular comedian Pappu Pom Pom was named as the BJD candidate in Champua while sitting Jatni MLA Bibhuti Balabantaray lost out to Bhagirathi Badjena, who was shifted from Bhubaneswar North. Youth leader Priyadarshi was named in place of Badjena in  Bhubaneswar North.

The list included Bhubaneswar(North) – Priyadarshi Mishra , Jatni -Bhagirathi Badajena, Champua -Papu Pom Pom, Morda -praveen Bhanjdeo, Remuna -Sudarshan Jena, Dhamnagar -Muktikanta Mandal, Rajnagar -Alekh Kumar Jena, Anandpur -Mayadhar Jena, Keonjhar -Abhiram Nayak, Soro -Parshuram Kanda, Kendrapara -Kishore Tarai and Rajgangpur -Sushil Hansda.

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