BJD sweeps Odisha

Bhubaneswar, May 16 (IANS)¬†Odisha’s ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD) Friday appeared set for a landslide win in both the assembly and Lok Sabha polls.

The party candidates are leading in 18 of the 21 Lok Sabha and 100 of the 147 assembly constituencies in the state, officials said.

Naveen Patnaik, who is set for fourth straight term as the chief minister, is leading in the Hinjili assembly cosntituency in Ganjam district over Congress’ Sibaram Patra by a margin of 15,000 votes, they said.

Among prominent BJD candidates for the Lok Sabha who are leading are members of the outgoing parliament Sidhant Mohapatra, Prasanna Kumar Patsani, Bhartruhari Mahatab, Baijayant Panda and Pinaki Mishra.

Congress candidate and former chief minister Giridhar Gomang is trailing in Koraput Lok Sabha constituency. Congress candidate Srikanta Jena is also trailing in Balasore Lok Sabha seat.

State Congress president Jayadev Jena is trailing in Anandpur assembly seat while Bharatiya Janata Party state president K.V. Singh Deo is leading in Patnagarh assembly seat.

Simultaneous elections were held for the state’s 21 Lok Sabha and 147 assembly constituencies.

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