Sons of at least three veteran political leaders are pitted as contenders in the politically-sensitive Ganjam district of Odisha in the twin elections to the Lok Sabha and the State Assembly on April 10.
Lok Nath Rath, son of veteran Congress leader and former Union minister Ram Chandra Rath, will contest from the Aska Lok Sabha constituency on a Congress ticket. His father was elected three times from this prestigious constituency.
Mr. Lok Nath, an advocate from New Delhi and a greenhorn in politics, would cross swords with the Biju Janata Dal’s Ladu Kishor Swain, a former MLA.
Similarly Manoranjan, son of Chintamani Dyansamantara, former State Assembly Speaker and senior Congress leader, will lock horns with BJD veteran and State Minister for women and child development, Usha Devi, in the Chikiti Assembly constituency.
Mr. Manoranjan will contest on a Congress ticket for the first time, while Ms. Usha Devi will be in the fray for the fourth time for this seat. Chintamani had won this seat three times.
His wife is also a member of the panchayat samiti.