Bhubaneswar: Former finance minister Prafulla Chandra Ghadai and seven other sitting MLAs were denied tickets by BJD boss Naveen Patnaik on Saturday. The ruling party announced candidates for four Lok Sabha and 19 Assembly constituencies.
Apart from Sukinda veteran Ghadai, the seven other MLAs, who were denied tickets from various seats are- former minister Arabinda Dhali (Jayadev), former minister and veteran cine star Prashant Nanda (Begunia), former government chief whip Rabi Narayan Pani (Pallahara), Parsuram Panigrahi (Simulia), Rabindra Mallick (Kakatpur), Nabin Chandra Nanda (Dhenkanal) and Rabindra Bhoi (Tirtol).
The party shuffled Ghadai’s son and sitting MLA Pritiranjan from Korei seat to his father’s bastion Sukinda and gave ticket to recently joined cine star Akash Das Nayak (son of trade union leader Mayadhar Nayak) from the Korei constituency.
Similarly, sitting MP Mohan Jena was replaced with Rita Tarai from the Jajpur Lok Sabha constituency, while Koenjhar MP Jasobanta Laguri was replaced by Shankuntala Laguri. Bhubaneswar MP Prasanna Patsani retained his candidature and Kulamani Samal was fielded from the Jagatsighpur seat, which was won by Bibhu Prasad Tarai , who won as CPI candidate in a seat sharing arrangement with BJD. Tarai has recently joined the Congress.
After fielding two Rajya Sabha MPs Diliip Tirkey and A U Singhdeo in the two twin polls, the BJD also roped in another Upper House member Shashi Bhusan Behera to his old constituency Jayadev and replaced Dhali. The party also announced to allot Rajya sabha ticket to cine star Anubhav Mohanty, who joined Naveen’s brigade prior to the civic polls in 2013.
The names of the 19 MLA candidates announced by the party on Saturday are are – Shashi Bhusan Behera (Jayadev), Bijaya Mohanty (Bhubaneswar Central), Ashok Panda (Ekamra-Bhubaneswar), Akash Das Nayak (Korei), Damodar Rout (Paradeep), Bishnu Charan Das (Jagatsinghpur), Prasant Muduli (Balikuda-Ersama), Rajeswari Mallick (Tirtol), Pritiranjan Ghadei (Sukinda), Hrusikesh Nayak (Patana), Rama Ranjan Baliarsingh (Satyabadi), Surendra Sethi (Kakatpur), Prasant Jagdev (Begunia), Mahesh Sahu (Pallahara), Badrinarayan Patra (Ghasipura), Jyoti Prakash Panigrahi (Simulia), Jugal Patnaik (Bhadrak) and Saroj Samal (Dhenkanal) and Jiban Pradip Das (Balasore).