Odia film star Anubhav Mohanty fielded against BJP’s Baijayant ‘Jay’ Panda from Kendrapara seat was the highlight of Naveen Patnaik-led Biju Janata Dal’s (BJD) list of nine candidates announced on Wednesday for the ensuing Lok Sabha elections.
.@bjd_Odisha announced candidates, for nine #LokSabha seats for the coming #OdishaElections2019, who will best represent #Odisha’s interests. Wish them best and appeal all to ensure their comprehensive victories. #ଘରେଘରେଶଙ୍ଖ#LokSabhaElections2019 pic.twitter.com/xmKOwLYB7W
— Naveen Patnaik (@Naveen_Odisha) March 27, 2019
Panda had won from the Kendrapara seat on BJD’s ticket in the 2014 Lok Sabha election. However, he was suspended from the party for his “anti-party activities” in January last year and he ended his over 18 years of association with BJD on May 28. He joined BJP on March 4.
Didn't think Naveen wd stoop so low. He of all ppl should be aware of my family's 60yr old industry, with which late Biju uncle was very familiar, & dependent, for decades.
Also, i have never been involved in granting mining leases to companies one year before they were formed🙏 https://t.co/4EGSMQDQyd
— Chowkidar Baijayant Jay Panda (@PandaJay) March 27, 2019
Besides Mohanty, BJD has fielded Pinaki Mishra from Puri, Arup Mohan Patnaik from Bhubaneswar, Debashish Marandi from Mayurbhanj, Rajashree Mallick from Jagatsinghpur, Nalin Pradhan from Sambalpur, Rabindra Kumar Jena from Balasore Sarmishta Sethi from Jajpur and Manjulala Mandal from Bhadrak.
BJD has also released a list of 36 candidates for Odisha Assembly election.
The seven-phase Lok Sabha elections will begin from April 11 and counting of votes will take place on May 23.
Odisha has 21 Lok Sabha and 147 Assembly seats. The state will witness simultaneous elections on April 11, 18, 23 and 29.