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Oram urges Dilip Ray to re-join BJP ahead of polls on Apr 18

Press Trust of India  |  Bhubaneswar 

The political equation in Odisha's tribal dominated district is changing fast after Saturday urged former MLA to re-join BJP ahead of the second phase of polling in the state on April 18.

"The issues raised by Dilip Babu has been solved as (PMO) has assured him that the work of the second bridge across and conversion of the (IGH) into a super speciality hospital are being expedited," Oram said.

With the fulfilment of Ray's demand, there should be no hindrance for the former MLA to re-join the BJP, Oram said.

Ray had quit the BJP last year.

He had also resigned from the membership of the state legislative assembly over the non-fulfilment of promises made to the people of

during his visit to the in 2015 had promised a second bridge over the river Brahmani and upgradation of IGH into a super speciality hospital.

Ray quit the party out of frustration as the five year tenure of the came to an end.

In a communication to Ray, the PMO informed that work has already been initiated by the as per the revised estimate for the hospital project.

Ray was also informed that the fund has been transferred to SAIL through SBI on February 21 while the remaining funds will be provided in time.

The former MLA, Ray has expressed his happiness over the development in a tweet.

He also mentioned that the PMOs assurance is a great relief for the people of

Oram needs Ray's help in the elections as the former Rourkela MLA had ensured his (Oram's) victory from the seat in 2014.

While Oram defeated his BJD rival and Hockey icon by 18,829 votes last time, the BJP had polled 64,086 votes from Rourkela assembly segment alone.

The BJD candidate on the other hand got 42,227 votes in Rourkela.

Dilip Ray, as a BJP candidate from Rourkela assembly segment had ensured a lead of 21,859 votes for BJP's candidate in 2014.

Meanwhile, Oram has also admitted that absence of Ray from electioneering will affect the BJP's electoral prospect in

However, Ray, yet to open his cards and said he would support the candidate who promises to work for the development of Rourkela.

Oram, a four-time and two time Union minister, is facing BJD's and candidate George Tirkey in the elections.

While Sunita is the daughter of veteran and former Hemanda Biswal, is a former MLA and prominent trade union in the rich

There are seven assembly segments - Sundergarh, Talsara, Rajgangpur, Biramitrapur, Rourkela, Raghunathpalli and Bonai - under Sundergarh seat.

In 2014 elections, the people of Sundergarh elected MLAs from different parties. While candidates were elected from Sunbdergarh and Talsara assembly segments, the BJD got Rajgangpur and Raghunathpalli seats.

Both the CPM (Bonai) and the BJP (Rourkela) won one seat each while (now a Congress candidate for Sunbergarh Lok Sabha) is a sitting MLA of Samata Kranti Dal from Biramitrapur segment.

Meanwhile, Tirkey has joined the Congress.

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

First Published: Sun, April 14 2019. 00:55 IST