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The Koraput seat was given to former CM and Hema's husband Giridhar Gamang after he strongly resented the party decision to ask his wife to seek re-election from there.
PTI | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON APR 20, 2004 01:30 PM IST

The Koraput seat was given to former chief minister and Hema's husband Giridhar Gamang after he strongly resented the party decision to ask his wife to seek re-election from there. Gamang had won the seat eight times in-a-row between 1972 and 1998.

Hema had won the seat after her husband became chief minister in 1999.

BJD's Padmanav Behera, party sources said, had expressed the desire to contest the Assembly elections from the Phulbani (sc) seat which was represented by his wife Bishnupriya Behera in the dissolved House. Bishnupriya also worked as the minister of state for women and child development in the Naveen Patnaik Government.

Three of the BJD MPs, Prabhat Samantaray, Kumudini Patnaik and Jagannath Mallick had been expelled from the party for "anti-party activities", but the expulsion order on the last named was later withdrawn.

Samantaray has not entered the fray so far while Kumudini Patnaik has vacated her Aska Lok Sabha seat for her husband Ramkrushna Patnaik, a former state finance minister. The couple have since joined the Congress.

Kumudini Patnaik is presently contesting from the Kodala Assembly seat, won by her husband several times, on the Congress ticket.

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