Odisha favours BJD over Modi

Patnaik-led outfit sweeps state

Odisha favours BJD over Modi

Defying the ‘Modi wave’, Naveen Patnaik-led ruling Biju Janata Dal(BJD) is heading for a landslide victory in Odisha in the just concluded Lok Sabha elections even bettering its 2009 Parliament polls performance.

At the time filing this report, the candidates of the regional outfit had already won five of the 21 Lok Sabha seats besides leading in as many as 15 more constituencies.
The party had captured 14 seats during the 2009 polls. The Congress candidates were trailing in all the seats. The BJP which had scored a zero during the last general elections was leading in one seat.

The five BJD candidates declared winner are — L K Swain (Aska), Sidhanta Mohapatra (Berhampur), Kalikesh Singhdeo (Bolangir), Sakuntala Laguri (Keonjhar) and R C Hansda(Mayurbhanj).

Prominent BJD nominees include sitting MP Bhatruhari Mehtab who was leading over his Congress rival Aparajita Mohanty, a noted Odia actor, in politically significant coastal Cuttack Lok Sabha constituency, by a huge margin. Sitting party MP Prasanna Patnsani who was leading over his Congress rival, another film personality Bijoy Mohanty, in Bhubaneswar by a margin of more than 70,000 votes.

Other important candidates who were leading in their respective constituencies are — Jhina Hikaka (Koraput) and sitting MPs - Baijayanta Panda (Kendrapara), Tathagata Satpathy (Dhenkanal) and Arjun Sethi (Bhadrak).

The Congress is not only trailing in all the 21 Lok Sabha constituencies but what was more humiliating was that four out of its six sitting MPs were struggling at the third spot behind the BJD and BJP candidates. They are the lone Union minister in the UPA II government at the Centre, Srikanta Jena (Balasore), former chief minister Hemananda Biswal (Sundergarh), Amar Pradhan(Sambalpur) and Sanjay Bhoi(Bargarh).

Senior BJP leader and former Union minister Joel Oram was leading over his nearest BJD rival, hockey star Dilip Tirkey by a slender margin of about 9,000 votes in the Sundergarh constituency. Prominent BJP losers so far include four time former MP Sangeeta Singhdeo (Bolangir) who is the wife of state BJP chief K V Singhdeo.

Prominent BJP candidates who were tipped to win but were trailing include former state party chief Suresh Pujari (Sambalpur).

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