Min Bijayshree Routray denies to contest in 2019 elections

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Bhubaneswar: Minister for Forest and Environment Bijayshree Routray on Thursday announced that he will not contest in 2019 elections and devote himself to organizational work according to the promise made by him while campaigning for 2014 polls.

“I will not contest any direct elections, for Lok Sabha or Assembly henceforth,” Routray told mediapersons. A six-time MLA from Basudevpur constituency in Bhadrak district, Routray entered Assembly in 1990 as a Janata Dal candidate and was re-elected in 1995 as a Janata Dal candidate.

He was elected to the Assembly from Basudevpur constituency four times as a BJD candidate from 2000.

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