BJP Announces Goutam Samantaray as Candidate for Jeypore Assembly Seat in Odisha's 2024 Polls

BJP announces Goutam Samantaray as its candidate for Jeypore assembly seat in Odisha's 2024 polls, setting up a triangular contest against Congress and BJD.

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BJP Announces Goutam Samantaray as Candidate for Jeypore Assembly Seat in Odisha's 2024 Polls

BJP Announces Goutam Samantaray as Candidate for Jeypore Assembly Seat in Odisha's 2024 Polls

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has announced Goutam Samantaray as its candidate for the Jeypore assembly constituency in Odisha's Koraput district for the upcoming 2024 Assembly elections. Samantaray, a businessman who had also contested the 2019 assembly elections from Jeypore, will face a triangular contest against the sitting Congress MLA Tara Prasad Bahinipati and the Biju Janata Dal's (BJD) Indira Nanda, wife of former minister Rabi Narayan Nanda.

In the 2019 Assembly polls, Samantaray had secured the third position, trailing behind Bahinipati and the BJD's Rabi Narayan Nanda. However, the BJP believes that Samantaray's candidature, coupled with the rising popularity of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, will help him win the seat this time. "Goutam had contested the 2019 Assembly elections from Jeypore, where his main rival was Rabi Narayan Nanda of the ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD)," a BJP source said.

The Jeypore seat is considered a Congress stronghold, with Bahinipati having defeated the former three-time MLA and minister Rabi Narayan Nanda in both the 2014 and 2019 elections. With Nanda losing the confidence of the party, the BJD has nominated his wife Indira Nanda, the former president of Koraput Central Cooperative Bank, as its candidate for the upcoming polls.

Why this matters: The announcement of candidates by major political parties signals the start of the campaign for the crucial 2024 Assembly elections in Odisha. The Jeypore seat, in particular, is expected to witness a fierce triangular contest, with the BJP hoping to make inroads in the Congress bastion.

The simultaneous Lok Sabha and Assembly polls in Odisha will be held in four phases on May 13, May 20, May 25, and June 1, with the counting of votes scheduled for June 4. The BJP has so far announced the names of 132 candidates out of the 147 assembly seats in the state, while the Congress has announced candidates for 138 seats and the BJD has named 135 nominees. "The BJP was waiting for the BJD to announce its candidate before finalizing Samantray as its nominee," a party insider revealed, highlighting the strategic considerations in the candidate selection process.

Key Takeaways

  • BJP announces Goutam Samantaray as its candidate for Jeypore assembly seat in Odisha.
  • Samantaray will face a triangular contest against Congress MLA Tara Prasad Bahinipati and BJD's Indira Nanda.
  • Jeypore is a Congress stronghold, with Bahinipati defeating former MLA Rabi Narayan Nanda in 2014 and 2019.
  • BJP hopes Samantaray's candidature and Modi's popularity will help him win the seat this time.
  • Odisha's 2024 Assembly elections will be held in 4 phases, with counting on June 4.