Puri: The temple town in Odisha where BJP’s alarm bells ring
By Indiatoday 10-Apr-2019
Earlier, there were rumours that Prime Minister Narendra Modi might contest from Puri. But finally it was Sambit Patra, and going by poll data, he might be facing the toughest electoral battle of his life till date.
Puri has traditionally been a Biju Janata Dal (BJD) stronghold, with the party winning the seat in 1998, 1999, 2004, 2009 and 2014.
In the 2014 general elections, BJD's star candidate Pinaki Mishra polled more than 5 lakh votes and defeated his nearest Congress rival Sucharita Mohanty by more than 3 lakh votes or a 25 per cent vote margin. BJP's Ashok Sahu came third with 2.15 lakh votes. Pinaki Mishra is the BJD candidate this time too.
Leave alone winning this seat, the BJP has not even come second here ever. Also, for five consecutive elections since 1998, the BJD maintained a healthy 17 per cent average vote margin over its nearest rivals.
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