Odisha: Congress releases list of candidates for 2 Lok Sabha, 13 Assembly seats

Bhubaneswar, April 21 (IANS): The Congress on Saturday released a new list of candidates for two Lok Sabha seats and 13 Assembly constituencies in Odisha. The party has replaced candidates in one Lok Sabha and three Assembly constituencies for which nominees were announced earlier.

The Congress has replaced Mohan Hembram with Binod Bihari Nayak on the Keonjhar Lok Sabha seat.

Similarly, the party has fielded Sarat Kumar Pradhan in place of Manoj Kumar Acharya in Kantamal Assembly segment under Kandhamal parliamentary constituency. Sanjay Kumar Mandal has replaced Bipin Bihari Swain on the Kabisuryanagar Vidhan Sabha seat under Aska parliamentary constituency.

The party also nominated Krushna Sagaria for Jayadev assembly segment under Bhubaneswar Lok Sabha seat in place of Jayant Kumar Bhoi.

The Congress has fielded Dulal Chandra Pradhan in the high-profile Sambalpur Lok Sabha constituency, where Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan of the Bharatiya Janata Party and Biju Janata Dal heavyweight Pranab Prakash Das have already started campaigning. Debokanta Sharma has been fielded by the Congress from the Aska Lok Sabha constituency.

In another major development, the party has fielded Shidharth Routray, eldest son of ousted senior leader Suresh Kumar Routray, from Nimapara Assembly segment in Puri Lok Sabha constituency.

The Congress also fielded former BJD MLA Sipra Mallick, who joined the party from Kendrapara constituency on April 18.

Meanwhile, Amita Biswal, Manoj Kumar Pradhan and Gyan Ranjan Patnaik have been nominated from Jharsuguda, Khandapada and Pipili Assembly constituencies respectively.

The party has so far announced the names of candidates in 136 of the 147 Assembly constituencies and in 19 of the 21 Lok Sabha constituencies.

The party also left two Assembly seats in Sundargarh, Biramitrapur and Bonai constituencies to the Jharkhand Mukti Morcha and CPI-M respectively.

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