Bhoi’s Renomination for Lok Sabha Election under Cloud

Even as the Pradesh Election Committee (PEC) of Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee (OPCC) is scheduled to meet in Bhubaneswar on Friday to finalise the probable list of Lok Sabha candidates, uncertainty prevails over renomination of sitting Bargarh MP Sanjay Bhoi.

While Bhoi is confident of renomination, Bargarh District Congress Committee (DCC) is strongly against his candidature over the issues of non-performance and disconnect with the voters.

In fact, several meetings of the Bargarh DCC has ended discussing non-performance and disconnect of Sanjay Bhoi with his constituency and workers. There has hardly been any Congress meeting in the district which has been attended by Bhoi in the last five years.

Opposition to Bhoi in his constituency can be gauged from the fact that he was not invited to address any meeting for campaign in election to Attabira NAC.

To make things worse, of 12 blocks in the constituency, functionaries of 11 blocks have opposed renomination of Bhoi and the same has reportedly been communicated to the OPCC.

Senior Congress leaders Prakash Chandra Debata and Kishore Chandra Patel are reportedly in the race for Bargarh Lok Sabha seat taking advantage of the opposition to Bhoi.

While Debata is banking on his relationship with the rank and file of the Congress over the years, Patel is harping on the sizeable Agaria voters to which community he belongs.

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