Besides Supremo Naveen, Select Senior Ministers, MPs, Cine Celebrities
Soumya Ranjan Sahoo
5 days ago
Bhubaneswar: Stealing a march over its rival parties, ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD) on Wednesday named its 40 star campaigners for the ensuing three-tier Panchayat polls starting from February 13 in the State.
Besides, BJD supremo and Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, senior ministers Damodar Rout, Bijayshree Routray and Debi Prasad Mishra are among the star campaigners.
Rajya Sabha members Prasanna Acharya and A.U. Singh Deo and party vice-president-cum-spokesperson Surya Narayan Patro are also in the list of BJD star campaigners.
Former Indian hockey team skipper and Padma Sri awardee Dilip Tirkey also features in the list. Tirkey is a Rajya Sabha member of the ruling party.
Another Rajya Sabha member as well as Ollywwod star Anubhav Mohanty is also among the 40 star campaigners.
Notably, Odia cine star Siddhant Mohapatra is the only Lok Sabha MP in such a list.
In addition to that, BJD MLA and another Ollywood hero Akash Das Nayak is also included in the list.
Other Odia cine celebrities, including Mihir Das, Trupti Das, Kuna Tripathy and Arindam also feature in the BJD star campaigners list.
BJD bête noire BJP also announced its list of 47 star campaigners on the day for the ensuing Panchayat Polls.
Besides, Odisha unit president Basant Panda and former president K.V. Singh Deo, two union ministers from Odisha Jual Oram and Dharmendra Pradhan are among the star campaigners as per the list.
Several senior BJP leaders, incumbent MLAs and Odia cine artists also feature in the 40 star campaigners list.
In a latest development on the day, Odisha unit BJP had to release a revised list that later included veteran BJP leaders Bijay Moahapatra and incumbent Rourkela MLA and former union minister Dilip Ray.
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