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BJP’s challenge against Souvic in the Choudwar-Cuttack Assembly constituency and the rebel headache

For BJD candidate Souvic Biswal, who is already fighting anti-incumbency to hold onto his father’s stronghold, a renegade candidate is proving to be a pain in the ass.

In addition to contending with Nayan Kishore Mohanty of the BJP, Rupali Lenka, a dissident BJD politician who joined the election as an Independent after being refused a ticket by the governing party, is putting pressure on 32-year-old Souvic. According to reports, Rupali has boosted her election campaign by uniting the dissidents and has the backing of certain local BJD employees.

After Pravat Ranjan Biswal became involved in the chit fund scandal, the BJD nominated his son Souvic for the Assembly seat in the 2019 elections. By using his father’s organizational abilities and political experience, the young politician beat BJP candidate Nayan, who was his closest opponent, by a margin of 21,584 votes. With 14,652 votes, independent candidate Deepak Barik finished third, while Congressman Jagadish Mohanty finished a distant fourth with only 6,761 votes.

Even though the younger Biswal won, his margin of victory was far less than that of his father, who had won the 2014 election by 41,385 votes. In 2014, Pravat received 70,888 votes, compared to 29,495 for his closest opponent, Congressman Suresh Mohapatra. Nayan received 24,651 votes, placing third. In the 2009 elections, Pravat emerged victorious again, this time against Independent candidate Deepak, a social activist who has led the OTM Banchao Andolan for over twenty years.

The decline in Souvic’s margin of victory, according to political analysts, is evidence of the anti-incumbency sentiment against the BJD, which has been victorious in Choudwar-Cuttack since the party’s founding in 2009. There are 2,33,297 votes in the Assembly portion.

Nayan anticipates that Souvic would have a fierce challenge this time around since Deepak has withdrew his support and nomination. But according to reports, some disgruntled BJP activists from four gram panchayats in the Tangi-Choudwar block are against his candidacy and have thrown their support to Rupali. According to sources, the BJP candidate hasn’t been able to win over the disgruntled party workers despite his best attempts.

In addition to Souvic, Nayan, and Rupali, candidates from Choudwar-Cuttack include Congress nominee Meera Mallick, as well as candidates from the AAP, SUCI, Samrudha Odisha, and BSP, as well as five Independents.

Twenty-one wards of the Cuttack Municipal Corporation (CMC), nineteen wards of the Choudwar municipality, and six gram panchayats of the Tangi-Choudwar block make up the Assembly segment.

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