For 72-year-old Duryodhan Mohanty, the new sarpanch of Barunadia gram panchayat in Rajkanika block, it is a hat-trick of wins in the rural polls.
Bijay Kumar Dash, a priest in Maa Durga temple of Marzitapur village, had contested for the sarpanch post as an Independent and defeated BJD's Sunil Kumar Sahoo, an engineer by qualification.
Today, after winning the election as ward member of Haladipal panchayat in Morada block, Das believes his noble intention did make a lasting impression on every voter.
After Kharavela Swain, another party veteran Bijoy Mohapatra disapproved the manner in which the BJP leadership handled the rural polls.
BJD swept the Panchayat polls but experts say it will face difficulty in the urban local body polls as it is not as well placed in urban areas.
Outgoing sarpanch of Nuagaon Bidyadhar Mallick said BJD candidates lost the election due to the discontentment among villagers over the proposed steel project.
According to political circles, she was eyeing the block chairperson’s post as it is reserved for women but her failure to win has put a question mark on her career.
Considering their large-scale presence, the entry of many office-bearers of WSHGs in the poll worked as the trump card given the support they enjoy at ground level.
Of the 34 zilla parishad zone seats, BJD won an overwhelming 26 seats while the saffron outfit managed just four. Congress which has two MLAs in the district also bagged four zones.
While scrutiny will be done on March 9, the last date of withdrawal of nominations is March 14.
In 2017, the BJD held 20 districts while BJP and Congress were ahead in eight and two districts respectively.
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As per reports, BJP, Congress and JMM have started conducting meetings to strengthen their organisational hold and select candidates for the civic polls.