NF Bureau: Former Odisha Minister and sitting Rajya Sabha MP Sarojini Hembram has been fielded from Baripada Assembly seat by BJD President Naveen Patnaik. Her Rajya Sabha term was set to expire in April 2020.
With this, BJD has declared candidates for 146 out of 147 seats. Candidate for Kendrapara (SC) Assembly seat has not been announced yet.
BJD has fielded 6 out 9 of its Rajya Sabha MPs in the 2019 elections. Whether it’s a calculated risk or a gamble, would be known later.
The Rajya Sabha MPs from Odisha, who are contesting elections this time, are:
Prasanna Acharya (Bargarh Lok Sabha)
Dr. Achyuta Samanta (Kandhamal Lok Sabha)
Anubhav Mohanty (Kendrapara Lok Sabha)
Pratap Deb (Aul Assembly)
Soumya Ranjan Patnaik (Khandapada Assembly)
Sarojini Hembram (Baripada Assembly)
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