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BJD announced Minakshi Mahanta’s candidature from Champua Assembly seat

Bhubaneswar: 4/4/19:The BJD on Thursday announced Minakshi Mahanta’s candidature from Champua Assembly seat in Keonjhar district.

Minakshi has replaced Ollywood actor Tatwa Prakash Satpathy, popularly known as Papu Pom Pom, who had come third in the 2014 elections, behind winning Independent candidate Sanatan Mahakud and runners-up Independent candidate Kusha Apat. While Sanatan had won the Champua seat by 69,635 votes, Papu had polled only 10,233 votes.

Minakshi is a protégé of the sitting Champua MLA Sanatan. She was the state president of Jana Samruddhi Party floated by him.

BJD sources said Sanatan had recently gone to Naveen Niwas to meet party chief Naveen Patnaik for a ticket for Champua. In an attempt to not upset his apple cart, as School and Mass Education Minister Badri Narayan Patra and former Champua MLA Jitu Patnaik had opposed Sanatan’s candidature, Naveen reportedly agreed to field a candidate sponsored by Sanatan.

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