Nation First News: The ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD) retained power in Odisha with a thumping majority by winning 112 out of 146 seats. BJP had to be content with 23 seats, while Congress slumped to just 9. Many bigwigs in all political parties bit the dust this time too.
Top BJD Leaders who lost in 2019:
Maheswar Mohanty (Puri), Debasish Samantaray (Barabati-Cuttack), Sanjay Dasburma (Bramhagiri), Rabi Narayan Nanda (Jeypore), Sarojini Hembram (Baripada), Bibhuti Bhushan Balabantaray (Jatni), Mangala Kisan (Rajgangpur), Lal Bihari Himirika (Rayagada), Dr. Raseswari Panigrahi (Sambalpur), Jogesh Singh (Sundargarh).
Top BJP Leaders who lost in 2019:
KV Singdeo (Patnagarh), Dr. Damodar Rout (Balikuda-Erasama), Pradeep Purohit (Padampur), Biswa Ranjan Mallick (Bari), Sarada Pradhan (Mahanga), Jagannath Pradhan (Bhubaneswar Central), Irasis Acharya (Bhatli), Radharani Panda (Brajarajnagar), Surama Padhy (Ranpur), Pravati Parida (Nimapara), Prakash Behera (Salipur), Kalandi Samal (Talcher), Manmohan Samal (Chandbali), Murali Manohar Sharma (Champua), Prithviraj Harichandan (Chilika), Nayan Mohanty (Choudwar-Cuttack), Samir Dey (Barabati-Cuttack), Dilip Mallick (Cuttack Sadar).
Top Congress Leaders who lost in 2019:
Jayadev Jena (Anandpur), Niranjan Patnaik (Bhandaripokhari & Ghasipura), Prasad Harichandan (Satyabadi), Devendra Sharma (Aul), Lalatendu Mohapatra (Balikuda-Ersama), Bapi Sarkhel (Paradip), Bhujabal Majhi (Dabugam), Sadan Nayak (Nabarangpur), Chiranjib Biswal (Jagatsinghpur), Ganeswar Behera (Kendrapara), Chandra Sekhar Majhi (Kotpad), Sibaji Majhi (Lanjigarh), K Surya Rao (Paralakhemundi), Anshuman Mohanty (Rajanagar), Surendra Singh Bhoi (Titlagarh).