Odisha Patkura Polls: CM Naveen Patnaik becomes BJD's star campaigner while BJP banks on two Union Ministers
CM Naveen Patnaik, the main vote catcher, is among the 40 ‘star campaigners’ of the BJD while BJP has roped in Union Ministers Dharmendra Pradhan and Pratap Sarangi for Patkura bypolls.
A rapid growth in seafood exports from Odisha has also seen companies setting up shop in Bhubaneswar.
State’s representation in the new Modi Ministry likely to go up this time in view of the party’s better performance in 2019 elections.
Coastal Odisha, the fortress of the ruling outfit, remained almost impregnable for the saffron party, a reason BJP could not make a dent in the regional party’s stronghold.
The emotional bonding of women, who account for over 48 per cent of votes, has been intact with Patnaik even after 19 years of governance in the state.
Odisha result 2019 HIGHLIGHTS: Naveen Patnaik retains CM's chair for fifth term; BJP makes massive gains
The elections for the 147 Assembly seats and 21 Lok Sabha seats were conducted in four phases.
Congress left the Lok Sabha seat to CPM from which veteran leader Janardan Pati has entered the poll arena.
Former Mumbai Police Commissioner Arup Patnaik from BJD will take on former commissioner of Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation Aparajita Sarangi from BJP.
The sitting MP from Sambalpur Nagendra Pradhan has been denied renomination.
It is yet to be clear whether she will contest from the Bhubaneswar Lok Sabha seat or Bhubaneswar central assembly constituency.