BJD Fields Shashi Bhushan Behera From Kendrapara For Odisha State Polls
The ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD) has named state Finance Minister Shashi Bhusan Behera as its candidate from politically sensitive Kendrapara Assembly constituency in coastal Odisha.
With Mr Behera's nomination, the Naveen Patnaik-led party has declared the names of all its nominees for the 147 Assembly seats and 21 Lok Sabha constituencies in the state.
Mr Behera, who represents Jayadev constituency in the outgoing Assembly, was earlier denied a ticket for his re-election, as the BJD handed over his sitting seat to former MLA Arabinda Dhali.
Prior to his win in the Jayadev seat, Mr Behera was a Rajya Sabha member of the party from 2010 to 2014.