NEW DELHI: Twelve members of varied royal households in Odisha are vying for votes from the frequent individuals within the upcoming Lok Sabha and Meeting elections.
The state will witness simultaneous polls for its 21 Lok Sabha seats and 147 Meeting segments from Could 13 to June 1. The Biju Janata Dal (BJD) has given tickets to eight royal members of the family, whereas the BJP and Congress have fielded three and one, respectively.Among the many royal candidates, ten are contesting for the Odisha Meeting, and two are within the race for Lok Sabha.
The BJD has nominated 28-year-old Sulakshana Geetanjali Devi, the granddaughter of the late veteran chief A N Singhdeo of Dharakote, for the Sanakhemundi meeting constituency. Geetanjali, a legislation graduate, is the fifth member of the Dharakote royal household to contest an meeting election. She’s going to face Congress’s sitting MLA Ramesh Chandra Jena within the Could 20 election.
The BJD has additionally fielded Chinmayananda Srirup Deb, son of City Improvement Minister Usha Devi, who belongs to the Chikiti royal household, to contest from the Chikiti Meeting section. Deb, who labored in a multinational IT firm for over twenty years earlier than beginning his personal enterprise, goals to make Chikiti a mannequin constituency.
The BJP has re-nominated MP Sangeeta Kumari Singh Deo from the Bolangir Lok Sabha seat, whereas her husband, senior BJP chief KV Singh Deo, will contest from the Patnagarh meeting section. The occasion has additionally fielded Malavika Keshari Deo, spouse of former MP Arka Keshari Deo, within the Kalahandi Lok Sabha seat.
The BJD has nominated a number of different royal members of the family, together with Bamanda ‘Rani’ Arundhati Devi, Pushpendra Singh Deo, Sanjukta Singh, Pratyusha Rajeswari, and Pratap Deb, for varied Meeting seats. The Congress has fielded Susmita Singh Deo, a member of the Dhenkanal royal household, for the Dhenkanal Meeting seat.
In response to political analyst Prahallad Sinha, the royal households of Bolangir and Kalahandi have traditionally wielded vital political affect in Odisha, with members serving as chief ministers and driving forces behind regional political events.
(With company inputs)


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