Nominations of 3 BJD Rajya Sabha candidates valid


Bhubaneswar: Nomination papers of three BJD candidates – Achyuta Samanta, Prashanta Nanda and Soumya Ranjan Patnaik – for the upcoming elections to three Rajya Sabha seats from Odisha were found to be valid, informed Returning Officer Rajesh Prabhakar Patil today.

However, nomination of independent candidate Subash Mohapatra was rejected due to lack of proposers in support of him.

Notably, March 13 was the scheduled date for scrutinization of nomination papers while the last date for withdrawal of candidature is March 15.

As the ruling BJD has 118 members in the 147-seat Odisha Assembly and opposition Congress and BJP not fielding candidates for the polls, win of all the three BJD candidates is certain.

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