Congress announces candidates for 2 Lok Sabha, 54 Assembly seats in Odisha
Bhubaneswar/New Delhi: The All India Congress Committee (AICC) released its second list of candidates for two Lok Sabha and 54 Assembly constituencies of Odisha. The party, through an official notification late on Friday night, released the list.
Samarendra Mishra, son of Leader of Opposition in the State Assembly, Narasingha Mishra will contest from Bolangir Lok Sabha seat while Saptagiri Ulka is in the fray from Koraput LS seat. However, the party is to announce its candidate for the Aska Lok Sabha seat, which will go to polls in the second phase.
So far, names of eight candidates out of nine Lok Sabha seats, which will go to polls in the first and second phase on April 11 and April 18 respectively, have been announced by Congress.
Similarly, names of candidates for 54 Assembly segments in the State was also announced. Bismaya Mahapatra, who was given a ticket from Digapahandi Assembly constituency in the first list, has been replaced by Prafulla Panda in the second list.
Besides, Ripunath Seth will contest elections against BJD supremo Naveen Patnaik from Bijepur while Saroj Mahapatra is in the fray from Bhatli. The sitting Congress MLA Prafulla Majhi, who has won thrice from Talsara Assembly segment and is considered a traditional stronghold of the party, has once again been fielded from the constituency.
Muktikanta Biswal, who had earlier dragged attention by walking 1,350 kilometres to Delhi to remind PM Modi of his promises for better facilities at Ispat General Hospital, has got a Congress ticket to fight Odisha Elections 2019 from Rourkela.
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Jayadev Jena will contest from Anandapur while Biplab Jena will fight on Congress ticket from Angul. Nabin Nanda, who recently joined the Congress, will be in the fray from Dhenkanal. Nanda was earlier suspended from the BJD last year after he was arrested in connection with a sex racket in Kolkata.
Former Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee (OPCC) chief Prasad Harichandran will be in the fray from Satyabadi while Cuttack Nagar Congress president Mohhamed Moquim will contest from Barabati-Cuttack. Kotpad MLA Chandrasekhar Majhi, who had filed his nominations ahead of announcement of his candidature, will be contesting from Kotapad.
Names of some other Congress candidates for Assembly seats:
Jharsuguda- Mahendra Nayak
Sundargarh (ST)- Amita Biswal
Raghunathpali (SC)- Prasant Sethy
Kuchinda (ST)- Shovaram Pradhan
Rengali (SC)- Bala Krishna Rohidass
Sambalpur- Ashwini Kumar Guru
Rairakhol- Assaf Ali Khan
Deogarh- Uma Shankar Sahoo
Keonjhar (ST)- Bidyadhar Dehury
Champua- Jadumani Barik
Karanjia (ST)- Sudam Charan Naik
Jaleswar- Sudarshan Das
Nilgiri- Manoj Manjari Debi
Korei- Bandita Parida
Pallahara- Subrat Garnaik
Talcher- Suresh Chandra Behra
Chhendipada (SC)- Sasmita Behra
Athamallik- Bijayanand Choliya
Sonepur- Chitranjan Mishra
Loisingha (SC)- Naba Kishore Naik
Titlagarh- Surendra Singh Bhoi
Kantabanji- Santosh Singh Saluja
Umerkote (ST)- Jasoda Rani Gond
Junagarh- Anil Singh Deo
Bhawanipatna- Sagar Charan Das
Narla- Chitaranjan Mandal (Babuli)
Banki- Debasis Patnaik
Athagarh- Uma Ballav Rath
Cuttack Sadar (SC)- Ratnakar Behera
Kendrapara (SC)- Ganeshwar Behera
Aul- Devendra Sharma
Rajanagar- Anshuman Mohanty
Jagatsinghpur- Chiranjib Biswal
Kakatpur (SC)- Biswa Bhusan Das
Brahmagiri- Umakant Baral
Ekamra Bhubaneswar- Rasmirekha Mohapatra
Jatani- Suresh Kumar Routray
Ranpur- Subhashree Panda
Khalikote (SC)- Bhokall Setty
Surada- Sangram Mohanty
Paralakhemundi- K. Surya Rao
Rayagada (ST)- Appalswamy Kadarka
Laxmipur- Kallash Kulesika