With Orissa witnessing senior political leaders quitting their parties spurred by denial of tickets for the Lok Sabha and assembly polls in the state, they are two who quit Congress even after being given tickets.
Sitting MLA Nrushingha Sahu from Dhenkanal district and Janmajaya Lenka from Jajpur were given tickets for the Pallahara and Dharmasala assembly constituencies respectively.
While Sahu, a legislator from Pallahara segment, was interested in the Parjang assembly seat after delimitation, he was nominated from Pallahara.
“I was interested in the Parjang assembly seat which includes my home village. Why should I go to Pallahara when my voters are in Parjang?” Sahu asked.
He has joined Naveen Patnaik’s BJD and filed his nomination as its candidate.
In the case of Lenka, he was not elected to the assembly earlier. He had been working in the Badachana segment.
Lenka was given a Congress ticket for nearby Dharmasala against his wish. He resigned from the party and filed his papers as an Independent.