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Biju Janata Dal gives ticket to Marndi couple to contest from tribal-dominated Mayurbhanj district

56-year-old tribal leader’s Assembly seat Bangirposi has been given to his wife, who took voluntary retirement from government service two months ago to contest from seat on BJD ticket

PTI Bhubaneswar Published 25.04.24, 06:25 AM
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The ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD) has given ticket to the Marndi couple to contest from the tribal-dominated Mayurbhanj district while the Opposition BJP has fielded the Singhdeo couple from western Odisha’s Bolangir district for the Lok Sabha and Assembly elections.

Odisha’s revenue minister Sudam Marndi has been fielded by the BJD from the Mayurbhanj Lok Sabha seat while his wife Ranjita Marndi will be the regional outfit’s nominee from the Bangirposi Assembly segment.

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The 56-year-old tribal leader’s Assembly seat Bangirposi has been given to his wife, who took voluntary retirement from government service two months ago to contest from the seat on the BJD ticket.

Sudam Marndi has been elected to the Odisha Assembly for five times and once to the Lok Sabha.

On Monday, BJD president Naveen Patnaik named Marndi’s wife Ranjita Marndi as the party candidate from the Bangirposi Assembly segment which is presently represented by her husband.

The BJD chief has mostly adopted the ‘one family one ticket’ policy while distributing tickets among aspirants, but the Marndis are the lone exception. “They were given tickets under certain political compulsion,” a leader said.

Sources in the BJD said that there were as many as 10,000 aspirants for 168 party tickets (147 for Assembly and 21 for Lok Sabha) for the Lok Sabha and Assembly polls.

The Opposition BJP has also given party ticket to the Singhdeo couple from the Bolangir district.

The saffron party has re-nominated its Bolangir MP Sangeeta Kumari Singhdeo for the same Lok Sabha seat while her husband and senior party leader KV Singhdeo has been fielded from the Patnagarh Assembly segment.

Sangeeta has been elected from the Bolangir Lok Sabha seat four times in the past.

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