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CMC elections: BJD suspends 25 rebels

Correspondent

CUTTACK: The Biju Janata Dal (BJD) on Sunday suspended at least 25 party leaders of Cuttack city for anti-party activities on the eve of Cuttack Municipal Corporation (CMC) scheduled on Friday.

“All the suspended leaders did not yield to the party’s request to withdraw their nomination papers and are contesting the civic poll as dissident candidates,” informed BJD minister Pramila Mallick during campaigning for the party candidates here on Sunday.

In the meantime, campaigning in Cuttack city is getting fiercer as star campaigners and senior political leaders of all major political parties making last-minute effort to woo the voters. With only three days now left for campaigning to end on Wednesday, BJD, BJP and Congress parties are roping in top leaders for canvassing.

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik continued to campaign for the party candidates in Cuttack Sadar areas for the second day on Sunday. While Patnaik had covered 15 of the 27 wards in the Sadar areas on Saturday, he moved across the remaining wards of the area on Sunday.

The party in-charge for Sadar area and local legislator Pravat Biswal accompanied the Chief Minister also on Sunday.

Speaking at public meetings, Mr. Patnaik reiterated that his party would repeat the performance as it did in Bhubaneswar civic poll. BJD won 40 of the 60 seats in Bhubaneswar. Some senior BJD leaders, including few ministers, are also campaigning for the party candidates in the city.

On the other hand Congress also roped in senior party leader J.B. Patnaik and his wife Jayanti Patnaik to campaign for the party candidates.

City Congress chief Suresh Mohapatra accompanied them. Mr. Patnaik, who was recently made a permanent invitee to CWC, speaking to reporters during the campaign, criticised the BJD-BJP alliance for grossly neglecting the millennium city

“Whatever, developmental work has been done in the city like fly-over, Ring road, Indoor stadium and approach roads to the city, has been done during Congress tenure”, Mr. Patnaik said.

Similarly senior BJP leader and Minister Biswa Bhusan Harichandan also campaigned for the party candidates for the first time on Sunday.

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