BJD sweeps Jagatsinghpur ZP polls, bags 25 out of 26 seats, Congress 1

Repoert by Kahnu Nanda; Jagatsinghpur: The ruling Biju Janata Dal [BJD] has won a record 25 Zilla Parishad [ZP] Seats out of a total 26 in Jagatsinghpur district, the results formally announced on Wednesday, so far other party positions reported as congress bagged 1 seat and BJP locked its place nil. .
By winning landslide triumph the BJD is set to form ZP and to retain the ZP president post third time in a row. The BJP which had secured 3 ZP seats in 2017 came to a distant third after not gaining any seat while Congress who got one seat in the last ZP polls maintained a similar number in 2022 elections and remained at second position.
Sources informed that the lone seat Congress won in ZP zone 4 under Erasama block comprises Panchayat’s as Dhinkia, Nuagaon and Govindapur recognized as the anti-JSW bastion, the residents are opposing JSW steel project there, resentments are brewing against state ruling BJD government and Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik,so voters sidelined BJD candidate Tamil Pradhan and elected Congress candidate Pinaki Narayan Das, sources said.
However BJP candidates contesting in ZP polls have been reported unsuccessful, one saffron candidate Dr Sasanka Sekhar Sahani from Balikuda ZP zone 4 lost the elections against BJD contestants by 2787 votes. Moreover, BJP had won three ZP zones in the last 2017 polls, one in Raghunathpur and two in Kujanga blocks but this time party was unable to show its supremacy.
The massive win is attributed to the groundwork the BJD worked out since past three months and manifold popular human interest schemes launched by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, informed minister Raghunandan Das, people have gladly accepted BJD due to the chief minister’s able leadership who launched various assistance schemes as distributed smart health cards, financial assistance to house repaired, a slew of development projects., minister Das added.
BJD district president MLA Prashant Muduli extended thanks to chief minister Naveen Patnaik, congratulated all ZP winning candidates and all the party workers their dedicated hard work has derived victory to BJD in ZP polls Jagatsinghpur district, Muduli said.[Ends]

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