Bhubaneswar: With 4 Rajya Sabha seats from Odisha all set to fall vacant by April this yr, speculations have begun over the ruling-BJD’s selections and methods.
Three Rajya Sabha seats will fall vacant following the top of tenure of – Sarojini Hembram, Narendra Swain and Ranjib Biswal. Apart from, yet another seat within the Higher Home is already vacant following actor-turned-politician Anubhav Mohanty’s election from Kendrapara Lok Sabha constituency final yr.
Trying on the numbers, three seats will go into the fingers of the BJD. It’s believed that the proposal for the formation of Odisha Legislative Council might change the political equations and BJD might help a BJP candidate (like Ashwini Vaishnav up to now) for the fourth seat.
“If the Odisha Legislative Council Invoice is handed in parliament within the upcoming session, the BJD is more likely to forego not less than two seats for the BJP,” stated political knowledgeable, Prasanna Mohanty.
In the meantime, inside the BJD, if experiences are to be believed, many high leaders (who misplaced in 2019 polls) have already began lobbying for the RS membership.
Although who all are within the good books of the social gathering president and Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik appears laborious to guess as of now, Kalikesh Singh Deo, Puspendra Singh Deo and Nalini Pradhan are believed to be the three high contenders from Western Odisha.
Equally, Sanjay Das Burma, Debasis Samantray, Maheshwar Mohanty, Rabindra Jena and Debasis Marandi are additionally seen as different contenders for the RS seats.
It’s pertinent to say right here that CM Naveen had earlier introduced to ship senior social gathering leaders Prasanna Patsani and Ramesh Chandra Chau Patnaik to Rajya Sabha.
Whereas speculations are rife that the BJD supremo may additionally give you a ‘shock’ listing of candidates, the ruling social gathering has denied any kind of lobbing to affect the choice of the social gathering president.
“No choice is taken on the idea of any deal. The high-level social gathering workplace bearers will take a choice and the social gathering chief will take a last name,” stated BJD spokesperson, Debi Mishra.