Kendrapara:8/4/19: Political steam picked up in politically-sensitive Kendrapara district with many heavyweights filing their nomination papers on Monday.
A number of high-profile candidates filed their papers before the respective returning officers. While BJP candidate Baijayant Panda, Congress’s Dharanidhar Nayak filed their papers with sworn affidavits for the parliamentary polls, two stalwarts- Bijoy Mohapatra (BJP) and Bed Prakash Agrwalla (BJD) filed papers before the returning officers. Two veteran politicians are crossing sword from prestigious Patkura assembly seat.
BJD candidate for the parliamentary seat, cine star-turned politician Anubhav Mohanty will file papers on Tuesday, according to the regional party sources.
Tomorrow being the last day for filing nomination papers, there was rush of among candidates to file nomination papers. 15 candidates, both from recognized parties and independent nominees, filed their candidates for the Lok Sabha and assembly seats till the last reports. The district will go to polls on April 29, the last phase of elections in Odisha.
Flanked by hundreds of their supporters, the candidates held rallies and road-show in a show of strength. With convergence of an estimated 40,000 people mostly cadres of political parties, on the streets, vehicular traffic was disrupted in the headquarters township for over six hours.
“Voters in Kendrapara are politically conscious. They will definitely vote for BJP for formation of a strong Narendra Modi-led government. I have been with people during theirs’ hour of distress. I am optimistic of victory”, BJP LS nominee Panda told reporters here.
Congress LS candidate Nayak said “Though Congress does not have good track record in Lok Sabha polls, this election will be different. People see Rahul Gandhi as next prime minister. So Congress will taste electoral victory in 2019”.
“Odisha people have already made up their minds to unseat Naveen Patnaik’s from chief minister’s chair. BJP will register landslide victory in the State- both in LS and assembly”, said BJP’s Patkura assembly nominee Bijoy Mohapatra.
BJD’s Patjura assembly seat candidate Agarwalla, who is fighting polls despite falling health, said “I am banking on Naveen Patnaik’s popularity and good governance for poll victory”.