Published On: Sat, Apr 13th, 2019

Former bureaucrats in fray in Odisha Lok Sabha polls

Bhubaneswar: At least six former bureaucrats are in the fray for the Lok Sabha and the assembly elections that are being held simultaneously in Odisha. No former bureaucrats, however, were in the fray during the first phase of polling in the state on April 11.

BJP candidate from Bhubaneswar Lok Sabha seat, former IAS officer Aparajita Sarangi is pitted against former Mumbai Police Commissioner and retired IPS officer Arup Patnaik of the BJD.

The former bureaucrats who are contesting the elections in the next three phases are Aparajita Sarangi, Arup Patnaik, Prakash Mishra, Nalini Kanta Pradhan, Sarmistha Sethi and Ramesh Chandra Sai.

They are contesting the elections for the first time. Polling for the next three phases will be held on April 18, 23 and 29 in the state.

Aparajita Sarangi, an IAS officer who recently quit the government service, is a BJP candidate from Bhubaneswar Lok Sabha seat.

She is pitted against former Mumbai Police Commissioner and retired IPS officer Arup Patnaik of the BJD and veteran CPM leader Janardan Pati. Similarly, former Director General of CRPF and Odisha DGP Prakash Mishra is trying his luck as a BJP candidate from the Cuttack Lok Sabha seat.

Mishra is facing five-time MP Bhartruhari Mahatab of the BJD, and former Odisha minister and Congress candidate Panchanan Kanungo in the prestigious Cuttack seat.

Former secretary of the Works Department, Nalini Kanta Pradhan, who quit the government service in February this year, is a BJD candidate from Sambalpur Lok Sabha seat and he facing BJP candidate Nitesh Gangdeb, a sitting MLA from Deogarh. The Congress has fielded former MP Sarat Patnaik.

Sarmistha Sethi, who resigned from the Odisha Financial Services, barely a few days before the announcement of the election dates, is a BJD candidate from Jajpur, a reserved Lok Sabha seat.

Sethi is facing Amiya Mallick of the BJP and Manas Jena of the Congress. Former Odisha Administrative Officer Ramesh Chandra Sai is a BJD candidate. He is trying his luck from the Atthmalik assembly segment against Bhagirathi Pradhan of BJP and Bijayananda Choliya of the Congress.

There are 21 Lok Sabha and 147 assembly seats in the state. Counting of votes will be held on May 23.

PTI

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