Bhubaneswar: BJD President Naveen Patnaik announces Amar Patnaik, Sasmit Patra & ex-IAS officer Aswini Baishnab as party candidates for the three Rajya Sabha seats from Odisha.
Amar Patnaik, Head of IT Wing of BJD and Sasmit Patra, Spokesperson and Secretary (Minority Affairs) would be the BJD’s candidates for the Rajya Sabha elections, Patnaik said. He also informed that as per discussions with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah the BJD would support the candidature of Ashwani Vaishnav. Ashwani Vaishnav was an IAS Officer and Private Secretary to former Prime Minister late Atal Bihari Vajpayee and has also worked in Odisha.
On Aswini Baisnab’s candidature to Rajya Sabha, CM Naveen Patnaik says, “I think there’s some confusion. PM & Union Home Minister spoke to me on Mr Aswini Baisnab. We will support his candidature”.
The by-elections to three Rajya Sabha seats in Odisha will be held on July 5. The seats were lying vacant after the resignation of the incumbent members who were fielded in the recently-concluded Lok Sabha and assembly elections.
The last day for filing nominations is June 25 and the counting of votes will be done on July 5 at 5 pm, an hour after polling ends.