Delimitation limits number of poll candidates
Finalisation of candidates for coming elections has become an uphill task for parties in Orissa as dozens of poll warriors find their traditional battlefields missing after delimitation of constituencies.india Updated: Mar 17, 2009 13:32 IST
Finalisation of candidates for coming elections has become an uphill task for parties in Orissa as dozens of poll warriors find their traditional battlefields missing after delimitation of constituencies.
Hit hard by delimitation exercise which has not only abolished some seats but changed the nomenclature of several others by converting general seats into reserved ones and vice versa, many sitting lok sabha members as well as mlas are hunting for new seats and alignments.
Among the affected lok sabha members are BJP's Dharmendra Pradhan, who happens to be the saffron party's national secretary, and BJD's Brahmananda Panda and Sugrib Singh.
While Pradhan finds his parliamentary constituency of Deogarh abolished, the reservation status of the seats held by Panda and Singh had been changed in the wake of delimitation.
Jagatsinghpur constituency from where Panda was elected to lok sabha in 2004 has now been reserved for Scheduled Caste (SC) candidates, while Phulbani, represented by Singh has been converted into general seat and no more reserved for Schedule Caste.
While Pradhan is believed to be eyeing Dhenkanal lok sabha seat, now represented by BJD's Tathagat Satpathy, Panda and Singh keep waiting for their party's decision on whether to field them for assembly polls from Barabadi-Cuttack and Daspalla segments respectively, sources said.