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Formers bureaucrats, media barons in fray in Odisha polls

Press Trust of India  |  Bhubaneswar 

At least six former bureaucrats and half-a-dozen are in the fray for the and the assembly elections that are being held simultaneously in Odisha.

No former bureaucrats or media barons, however, were in the fray during the first phase of polling in the state on April 11.

The former bureaucrats who are contesting the elections in the next three phases are Aparajita Sarangi, Arup Patnaik, Prakash Mishra, Nalini Kanta Pradhan, and

They are contesting the elections for the first time.

Polling for the next three phases will be held on April 18, 23 and 29 in the state.

Aparajita Sarangi, an who recently quit the government service, is a BJP candidate from Bhubaneswar seat.

She is pitted against former of the BJD and veteran CPM leader

Similarly, former of CRPF and Odisha DGP is trying his luck as a BJP candidate from the Cuttack seat.

Mishra is facing five-time of the BJD, and former Odisha and candidate in the prestigious Cuttack seat.

Former of the Works Department, Nalini Kanta Pradhan, who quit the government service in February this year, is a BJD candidate from Sambalpur Lok Sabha seat and he facing BJP candidate Nitesh Gangdeb, a sitting MLA from Deogarh. The has fielded former

Sarmistha Sethi, who resigned from the Odisha Financial Services, barely a few days before the announcement of the election dates, is a BJD candidate from Jajpur, a reserved Lok Sabha seat.

Sethi is facing Amiya Mallick of the BJP and Manas Jena of the

Former Odisha Administrative Ramesh Chandra Sai is a BJD candidate.

He is trying his luck from the Atthmalik assembly segment against Bhagirathi Pradhan of BJP and Bijayananda Choliya of the Congress.

Similarly, half-a-dozen are in the fray.

While BJD's Cuttack Lok Sabha candidate and sitting is the of daily 'Prajatantra', Soumya Ranjan Patnaik, the of the state's highest circulated newspaper 'Sambad' is a regional party candidate in the Khandapada assembly seat.

Soumya Ranjan Patnaik, a sitting also owns Kanaka TV.

Former four-time MP Baijayant Panda's wife Jagi Mangat Panda is the of Odisha Television Limited.

Panda is a BJP candidate from the Kendrapara Lok Sabha seat.

His family's OTV is considered as the most popular channel in the state.

Similarly, the owner of Kalinga TV Achyuta Samanta and proriter of World Odisha Rabindra Jena are contesting as BJD's Lok Sabha candidates from Kandhamal and Balasore Lok Sabha seats respectively.

Congress candidate from Jagatsinghpur assembly segment Chiranjibi Biswal's family runs 'Samaya', an daily.

However, four-time Tathagat Satpathy, who is of daily 'Dharitri' and English daily 'Orissa Post' this time preferred not to contest the polls.

There are 21 Lok Sabha and 147 assembly seats in the state.

Counting of votes will be held on May 23.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Sat, April 13 2019. 17:40 IST
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