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Rashmi Ranjan

The ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD) on Saturday announced names of the party's Mayor candidates for three municipal corporations ahead of the Urban Local Bodies (ULB) polls in the State.

Subash Singh, Sulochana Das and Sanghamitra Dalei have been named as the Mayor candidates of BJD for Cuttack Municipal Corporation (CMC), Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC), and Berhampur Municipal Corporation (BeMC), respectively.

Singh, a noted trade union leader had joined BJD after working with people under the banner of CPI and CPI(M). 

"I am happy that the Chief Minister considered me as a candidate for the Mayor post. I will work hard for the development of the millennium city of Cuttack," Singh said.

The CMC area is spread over three assembly segments.

Starting her political career from Congress, Sulochana Das had later joined BJD and also worked as the regional party's spokesperson.

"I would like to thank Party supremo, leader and workers for showing faith on me. The mayor post for Bhubaneswar is very important as it is not only the capital city but also represents Odisha in every aspect. If I get support of Bhubaneswar residents, then with the help of BMC commissioner, workers and others will work to make the city number 1 and slum-free," Sulochana Das said.  

The Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation is spread over three assembly segments.

Dalai started her political journey as a Congress candidate and later joined BJD and become a corporator of BeMC.

"I thank chief minister Naveen Patnaik for posing trust on me. We will work together for the development of Berhampur city," Dalai said.

The State Election Commission (SEC) had earlier announced elections to 106 ULBs and three Municipal Corporations on March 24 and counting on March 26. 

The three Municipal Corporations will have a total of 168 wards and 1,407 booths. These include 67 wards and 705 booths in BMC, 59 wards and 452 booths in CMC, and 42 wards and 250 booths in BeMC.

On the other hand, the Opposition BJP is yet to announce the names of its Mayor candidates for the three municipal corporations, while the Congress has already named former corporator Giribala Behera as the party's mayor candidate for the CMC and Madhismita Acharya for BMC.

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