Ruling party likely to announce the list of candidates for 21 wards today
The elections to the Kendrapara Municipality, scheduled to be held on November 15, was likely to be an acid test for the ruling Biju Janata Dal as corruption was the main poll issue.
The ruling party had not been able to finalise its list of candidates for the 21 wards in the Municipality till Thursday though the last date for filing of nomination papers was just two days away. The party was likely to announce the names of its candidates on Friday, according to sources.
Moreover, the ruling party, which had won a majority in the last elections, was suffering from the problem of infighting with different factions trying to outsmart each other to push the candidates of their choice.
The main opposition Congress, which had won nine seats in the last elections, too was not free from the problem of infighting. But the party was likely to perform better in view of the allegations of corruption and embezzlement of funds in the civic body during the past by five years.
Senior BJD leaders, however, were leaving no stone unturned to field honest candidates as the outcome of the polls would be crucial for their party ahead of the gram panchayat polls which was to be held in the State early next year.
The Bharatiya Janata Party, which had won elections in three wards in the last elections, was not likely to fare well this time as a message had already reached the people about the possibility of the re-establishment of the electoral alliance between the BJD and BJP in the future.
The BJD, which had won 15 seats in the last elections, was perturbed as different factions within its ranks were trying to harm each other to establish their supremacy.