Himansu Shekhar Rout

The Aska Assembly constituency is back in the news after a daily wager entered the electoral fray.

The 55-year-old Ramchandra Badatya, a resident of Haradapadar filed his nomination papers. 

Nowadays, he goes out to work in the morning and campaigns after that. He has been managing to strike a balance between his work schedule and the campaigning hours. He was seen visiting houses seeking votes. Badatya is a member of the Red Stat Committee of CPI(ML).

“My working hours are from 8 am to 11 am. I go out on campaigning for an hour. After two-hour-long campaigning, I resume work from 3 pm to 6 pm followed by another round of campaigning,” Badatya said.

He added, "I make use of my breaks from work. I carry on my campaigning, particularly from 7 pm till 10 pm. I keep visiting people door-to-door.”

Badatya has thrown his hat into the ring regardless of the stalwarts of the BJD, BJP and Congress in the fray.  
BJP has fielded Saroj Kumar Padhi while Congress has given a ticket to Surabhi Bisoi. The BJD has fielded Manjula Swain.