Party takes up the task of candidates’ selection

The Congress has started the exercise of selecting candidates for different wards of the city for the elections to the Berhampur Municipal Corporation (BMC).

According to the city Congress leaders, the BMC elections are scheduled to be held in September. “We plan to finalise our candidates for all the 40 wards of the BMC by July. For it, we have started the selection process from grassroots level,” said city Congress president Sanjit Panigrahy.

The Congress wants to take some advantage through early decision on candidates’ list. It may be noted that the BMC is one of three municipal corporations of the State. Added to it, the BMC is a part of Ganjam, the home district of BJD president and Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik. It is the first election for the BMC after it became a municipal corporation. Now the BMC is in the hands of the Biju Janata Dal (BJD). So, the BMC election is being taken seriously by the Congress. Former Union Minister Chandrasekhar Sahu, who is a resident of the city, is also keen on the selection of candidates and campaign plan for the coming BMC elections.

Awareness rally

On Sunday, as part of the process started by the Congress, an awareness rally was taken by the party workers in the wards 35, 36, 37, and 38 of the BMC. The rally culminated in a workers’ meeting. During this meeting candidature of different aspirants of the party in the wards was discussed. The meeting was attended by Mr. Sahu and Odisha Pradesh Congress Party (OPCC) secretary Bikram Panda. On April 17, similar effort to identify possible candidates for five other wards was taken up by the party.

According to Mr. Panigrahy, they have decided to make leaders of the party reach out to party workers at grassroots level in each ward to take direct suggestions and opinion regarding choice of candidates. The process will end by May 10. After that, the names suggested from different wards will be scrutinised and list of selected candidates will be sent to the OPCC for approval.

Mr. Panigrahy was confident that by July they would finalise the list of candidates so that the candidates would have ample time to reach out to the electorate much before the start of the BMC election process.


  • BMC elections are scheduled to be held in September

  • ‘Selection of candidates will be completed by July’