Hear Why These Candidates Are Desperate For BJD Tickets

**Bhubaneswar: ** In the wake of the recent announcement of dates for the upcoming general elections (both Lok Sabha and Odisha Assembly), all the political parties have been working very hard on finalising their respective candidates while ticket aspirants are also similarly busy bees trying out their lucks.

Accordingly, ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD)’s supremo-cum-Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik’s residence Naveen Niwas has been witnessing a beeline of ticket aspirants soon after the Election Commission of India (ECI) blew the poll bugle and spelt out the dates for filing of nominations.

This time woman candidates are seen aspiring a lot as Naveen Patnaik has been batting for the 33% reservation for women in both the Parliament and State Assemblies across the country. He has even made it clear and loud at the recent Mission Shakti convention in Kendrapara that Odisha will definitely send seven woman MPs elected to Lok Sabha this time out of the total 21 Lok Sabha seats here in the State.

It is also deemed by the ticket aspirants that the BJD supremo will obviously apply his yardstick of 33% reservation for women also for the 147 Assembly seats.

OMMCOM NEWS tried to feel the pulse and gauge the mood of a few such BJD ticket aspirants and let us hear what they speak out.

In her reactions, Sabitri Mahanand, from Kantabanji assembly segment’s Muribahal block, said, “I couldn’t meet the CM. Submitted my bio data. If the party (BJD) gives ticket to serve the people, it will be good. Certainly win as the election will be fought on the issues relating to the women.”

Gopa Mahanand from the same place also said, “Submitted my bio data and it was received. I’ve been assured for consideration of my candidature. I’m in BJD. I have been chairperson of Muribahal block since 2002. In 2014, I was vice-chairperson of Bolangir Zilla Parishad. I was also Bolangir District Mahila Biju Janata Dal president. Now I’m party’s Odisha State General Secretary of Mahila Biju Janata Dal. I’m in good rapport with the women of entire Bolangir district. I have also done a lot for the SHGs in the district. Hence, they have all sent message to the CM urging that Kantabanji should be reserved for the women. If done so, our party will garner ample votes.”

Jagatsinghpur Zilla Parishad chairperson Priyadarshani Biswal said, “I met the CM and have submitted bio data. CM will take decision on my candidature. As I have worked for two years in our area and well versed with the problems and others matters of the people, I’m hopeful for being given a chance to serve the people and feel myself happy. When Hon’ble Chief Minister has assured 33% reservation for the women, I hope to fulfil his aspiration.”

Retired Forest Ranger from Koraput Pramod Chandra Khandapani said, “I’m 80% optimistic, because, I’ve served Forest Department in the area for many years. I’ve served the people and the people also support me. 80% of the people there support me. All the local leaders have also recommended that Khandapani should be given ticket.”

Ashok Kumar Das from Anandpur assembly constituency said, “As I’m in the hearts of the people of Anandpur constituency, I’m hopeful of being selected by our party. If I’m given ticket, I’m confident of winning by garnering more votes than our BJD MLA had bagged last time.”

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