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OPCC chief to fight against state minister

THE ASIAN AGE. | AKSHAYA KUMAR SAHOO
Published : Mar 31, 2019, 1:54 am IST
Updated : Mar 31, 2019, 1:54 am IST

The BJD nominee, known as a bitter rival of Niranjan Patnaik, had thrown the challenge to the latter several times this year to fight against him.

Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee chief Niranjan Patnaik
 Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee chief Niranjan Patnaik

Bhubaneswar: Odisha minister and BJD’s Ghasipura Assembly candidate Badri Narayan Patra is likely to see a tough fight in the 2019 elections, as Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee chief Niranjan Patnaik has reportedly accepted his challenge to contest from Ghasipura.

Mr Patnaik said that he will fight from Ghasipura if All India Congress Committee (AICC) gives a go ahead.

The BJD nominee, known as a bitter rival of Niranjan Patnaik, had thrown the challenge to the latter several times this year to fight against him.

Taking a dig at Mr Patra, the PCC chief said, “I don’t have the power to get involved in violence and criminal activities like the BJD leader but I definitely have guts to fight the election against him. To prove this, I have requested AICC to consider fielding me from the Ghasipura constituency. Further if AICC recommends, I will contest from two seats – Ghasipura and Bhandaripokhari.”

Responding to this, Badri Narayn Patra said, “People of Ghasipura don’t even remember Niranjan Patnaik as they haven’t seen him for the past 10 years. His (Niranjan) candidature will have no impact, whatsoever.”

Informing on the development, Congress’ Keonjhar district working president Ratikant Baral had stated that Patnaik has accepted the open challenge thrown by Badri Patra and is ready to contest for the Ghasipura seat. Mr Baral had further said that the Odisha Congress chief is likely to contest from two assembly constituencies this time, Bhandaripokhari being the second one.

On Friday, Badri Narayan Patra dared Niranjan Patnaik to contest from Ghasipura saying “Those campaigning against me own TV channels, newspapers, but still I ask them to contest against me. Even if I am injured, I will win regardless of whoever stands against me in Ghasipura.”

The race for Ghasipura had aggravated a few months back when Niranjan Patnaik, responding to a query on him fighting elections from Ghasipura, said, “If Badri Patra contests from the Assembly seat, I will consider fighting the elections from there. If he doesn’t, we will decide our candidate accordingly.”

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