NF Bureau: According to highly reliable sources in BJP, former Balasore MP & President of Utkal Bharat, MAK Kharabela Swain will contest from Kandhamal Lok Sabha seat on a BJP ticket. An official announcement is likely today.
Since the last date of nomination for Kandhamal which goes to polls on April 18, remains March 26, Kharabela may have to rush soon after the confirmation. BJD has fielded Rajya Sabha MP Dr. Achyuta Samanta from Kandhamal.
Kharabela Swain had won from Balasore Lok Sabha seat in 1998, 1999 and 2004 when BJP & BJD had alliance. He got relegated to 3rd spot in 2009 polls. In 2014, he contested from Cuttack on Ama Odisha Party symbol, but badly lost and finished 4th.
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