Bhubaneswar: BJD boss Naveen Patnaik is likely to announce the party candidate for Dhamnagar by-election soon, while Congress seems to have decided to field a new face in the constituency in Bhadrak district. According to sources, Naveen has already held discussions with senior leaders, including BJD’s organisational secretary, observers and district-level leaders to finalise the party candidate.
Naveen is expected to announce the name of the candidate later on Tuesday, reports said, adding that the BJD candidate is likely to file the nomination on October 14, the last day of filing papers for the November 3 by-election. While two former legislators – Rajendra Das and Muktikanta Mondal – have emerged as potential nominees for the party ticket, the Chief Minister will take a final decision before making an announcement.
On the other hand, the Congress held a meeting of its state election committee chaired by Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee (OPCC) President Sarat Pattanayak on Monday to decide the party candidate. Two names have been shortlisted and sent to the AICC for a final decision, they said.