Even as all political parties had agreed to boycott the ULB polls, 12 BJD candidates filed their nomination papers in Padampur NAC on Tuesday.
Sources said this will go against BJD as the Opposition parties will rake up the issue and nail the ruling party and Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, in particular.
Addressing mediapersons here on Tuesday evening, former State BJP president and chief spokesperson of the party Suresh Pujari said there was a ‘constitutional crisis’ in the wake of boycott of ULB polls in different districts of western Odisha. He called upon the State Government to convene an all-party meeting, besides the Central Action Committee of All Western Odisha Bar Association (AWOBA) to resolve the crisis. He said the State Government should forward a proposal on setting up a bench of the High Court in the region to the Union Government without delay.
Meanwhile, the agitation has left the BJD leaders in a quandary as they caught between the local sentiments and the party’s official decision.