Parties begin poaching of candidates in Jagatsinghpur
JAGATSINGHPUR: With two days left for the outcome of panchayat elections to be announced, horse trading in Tirtol, Naugaon, Raghunathpur and Biridi blocks has come to the fore. None of the three political parties, BJD, BJP or Congress, has won a majority in the four blocks.
As per the unofficial figures, the BJD has absolute majority in Jagatsinghpur, Kujang and Erasama panchayats and is likely to form the Zilla Parishads but in the other five blocks, the party is struggling for support to form ZPs. In Raghunathpur and Biridi, the BJD could not gain a majority due to intra-party conflict and as a result, some local leaders are desperately trying to win the support of elected Panchayat Samiti members.
In Biridi block, it is a hung verdict. Out of 21 seats, the Congress has 10 in its kitty, BJD has nine and neither of them is in a position to form the ZP. Out of nine seats of BJD, four candidates are supporters of local MLA Rajshree Mallick, while five others are supporters of MP Bishnu Das. news source : newindianexpress.com