Odisha Voters Largely Say No To Dynasty Politics

Bhubaneswar : Politicians’ move to promote dynasty politics has been largely rejected by voters of Odisha if the final results for the Lok Sabha and assembly seats are anything to go by.

Results of Bolangir is a classic case with BJD veteran A.U. Singhdeo’ two sons Kalikesh Singdeo and Arkesh Singhhdeo losing the polls from Bolangir Lok Sabha and assembly seats. The senior Singhdeo, former minister and BJD heavyweight, had taken break from electoral politics this time.

OPCC president Niranjan Patnaik and his son Dibyajyoti fought polls, but ended on losing notes. However Soumya Ranjan, Niranjan’s younger brother, fought Khandapada assembly polls on BJD ticket and ended in winning note. Former union minister and congress stalwart Bhakta Charan Das lost Kalahandi parliament seat polls while his son Sagar Charan Das met the same fate losing Bhawanipatna reserved assembly seat.

Similarly, George Tirkey is the candidate of the grand old party from the Sundergarh (ST) Lok Sabha constituency, his son Rohit Joseph from Birmitrapur (ST) assembly seat lost the polls by huge margins.

Sisir Gomang, son of former Congress chief minister Giridhar Gamang, who fought the polls on saffron party from Gunupur (ST) seat lost.

Senior congress leader Anant Narayan Sethi lost the assembly polls while her daughter Madhumita Sethi lost from Bhadrak LS seat polls.

In Sundergarh district, veteran Congress leader and former chief minister Hemanand Biswal’s two daughters were in the fray as nominees of two different parties. Sunita Biswal, BJD candidate for the Sundergarh Lok Sabha seat and her younger sister Amita fielded by the Congress from the Sundergarh assembly segment suffered humiliating defeat.

The baton of incumbent BJD MP Jhina Hikaka had been transferred to wife Kausalya. But she lost the Polls for Koraput Lok Sabha seat.

Senior Congress leader Narasingha Mishra won the Bolangir assembly seat while his son Samarendra who made poll debut lost Lok Sabha polls from Bolangir seat. Veteran BJP leader KV Singhdeo lost Patnagarh assembly polls while his spouse Sangita Kumari Singhdeo came out victorious in LS polls.

While some politicians successfully promoted their heirs in politics, others in the twilight of their political innings handed over legacy to them. While some manoeuvred to get tickets for their heirs, others failed in their bids. The upcoming polls had thrown up many instances of dynastic politics both in assembly seats and parliamentary constituencies.

It’s a national political trend. Instances of children following their parents’ footsteps in politics are many. All parties in Odishs are infected by dynasty politics syndrome. So it’s not right to solely blame any single party. All are sailing in the same boat.