Bhubaneswar: BJD declares Soumya Ranjan Patnaik, Achyuta Samanta and Prashanta Nanda as candiadates for Rajya Sabha poll today.
Putting all speculations to rest, the Biju Janata Dal (BJD) today announced its candidates for elections to three Rajya Sabha seats from Odisha. The candidates are founder and editor of leading Odia daily ‘Sambad’ Mr Patnaik, KIIT and KISS founder Mr Samanta and senior party leader Mr Nanda. Patnaik and Samanta had joined the regional party earlier in the day. Notably, the last date for filing nomination papers for the polls is March 12. While nomination papers will be scrutinized on March 13, the last date for withdrawal of of candidature is March 15. The polling and counting will be held between 9.00 am and 4.00 pm on March 23.
It is noted that three seats in Rajya Sabha from Odisha will be lying vacant after the tenure of AU Singhdeo (BJD), Dilip Tirkey (BJD) and AV Swami (Independent) ending on April 2, 2018.