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Family Matters: Odisha Politicians Lobby Hard To Corner Party Tickets For Kin


25 March 2019

Debashish Maharana


Bhubaneswar: This election, the BJD camp was familiar with a number of instances where veterans were kept at bay. This list includes, sitting MLAs, Ministers and MPs, or office bearers in the party.

While reasons for 'ticket-denial' were aplenty, age, indictment and non-performance were the major factors; these old-timers will be out of the grand fest of democracy.

However, Indian politicians are too stubborn to give up. These veterans often find a safe replacement from within the family, usually son or daughters.

Political scenario of Odisha is no different. At least half a dozen lawmakers are lobbying for a ticket for their children. While some of them have been successful, the fate of other descendent aspirants hangs in fire.

Bolangir royal AU Singhdeo has decided to skip electoral political in this season. But that does not mean he is sacrificing the seat for any outsider. Singhdeo has successfully managed to bag Bolangir assembly seat for his younger son Arkesh Narayan Singhdeo.

Jogendra Behera, the former MSME minister has quit electoral politics. But the Loisinga MLA was strongly lobbying to secure the seat for his Nihar Ranjan Behera. However, his attempts were futile and Pradeep Behera got the ticket from Loisinga.

In an interesting development, four-time MP from Bhubaneswar Prasana Patsani was seen trotting the premises of Naveen Nivas with his son on Monday. Sources said, while the ascetic parliamentarian is bidding an adieu to electoral politics, he is preparing the turf for the junior Patsani.

The story is no different with Banki MLA Pravat Tripathy and Choudwar-Cuttack MLA Prabhat Biswal. Though both the legislators from undivided Cuttack have voluntarily withdrawn from contesting polls, the two are making all efforts to corner assembly tickets for their sons.

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