Bhubaneswar: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has released second list of candidates for five Lok Sabha and 22 Assembly seats in Odisha. The party has fielded its national spokesperson Sambit Patra from Puri Lok Sabha constituency putting an end to the speculation that Prime Minister Narendra Modi would contest from the pilgrim town.
Odisha BJP president Basant Kumar Panda has been declared party’s candidate for Kalahandi, Suresh Pujari for Bargarh, Nitesh Ganga Deb for Sambalpur and Jayaram Pangi for Koraput parliamentary constituency. Among the 22 assembly seats declared by the party, Shisir Gamang, son of former Chief Minister Giridhar Gamang, has been fielded from Gunpur assembly constituency. Earlier, the party had declared candidates for 10 Lok Sabha and 99 Assembly seats. Odisha has 21 Lok Sabha and 147 assembly seats. The state will face general and assembly elections simultaneously in four phases beginning from April 11.