Ex-BJD MLA Shipra Mallick to withdraw nomination as independent candidate

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Bhubaneswar: Senior leader Shipra Mallick, who filed nomination as an independent candidate from Kendrapara Assembly constituency, has decided to withdraw her nomination.

Mallick informed about her decision after holding discussions with BJD Supremo and CM Naveen Patnaik at the latter’s residence (Naveen Niwas) here today.

In her media reactions, Mallick said, “I had the interest to contest from Kendrapara Assembly seat, but I have always stated to abide by our party supremo’s decision. And honouring his direction, I’ve decided to withdraw my nomination.”

Mallick also averred her support to party candidate Sashi Bhusan Behera, the senior MLA-cum-incumbent Finance Minister of Odisha. She further added, “Sashi Bhai will be the MLA there, but I’ll work for the people.”

Notably, Sipra had filed her nomination as an Independent candidate after BJD fielded Sashi Bhusan as its official candidate for Kendrapara seat. Sipra had won the Kendrapara Assembly seat on a BJD ticket in 2009.

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