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BJD's landslide victory in Odisha, wins 20 of 21 Lok Sabha seats

By: Asish Mehta

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Last Updated: May 16, 2014, 20:28 IST

BJD's landslide victory in Odisha, wins 20 of 21 Lok Sabha seats

It was an impressive show by the BJD in the Odisha Assembly polls also. The party won 112 of the 147 Assembly seats.

New Delhi: The BJD headed for a landslide victory in Lok Sabha elections in Odisha. Naveen Patnaik led-BJD won 20 out of 21 Lok Sabha seats while the BJP managed to win one seat and the Congress got a duck in the state.

BJD candidate and sitting MLA Jhina Hikaka won against veteran Congress leader and former chief minister Giridhar Gamang in Koraput (ST) constitueny.

In Puri, BJD's Pinaki Mishra comfortably beat Congress nominee Sucharita Mohanty and in Bhubaneswar sitting BJD MP Prasanna Kuamar Patasani successfully defended his seat against BJP's Prithviraj Harichandan.

BJP candidate Subhas Chouhan has defeated his BJD rival PK Singh from Bargarh constituency.

It was an impressive show by the BJD in the Odisha Assembly polls also. Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik is all set to retain power for a fourth consecutive term in Odisha after his party won 112 of the 147 Assembly seats. While the Congress managed to bag 18 and the BJP 12.

An overwhelmed Odisha Chief Minister, who led BJD to power in the state for the fourth time on the trot, on Friday thanked people for their support in the Assembly and Lok Sabha elections.

"I express my deep gratitude towards the people of Odisha who blessed the BJD to power for fourth consecutive time. This is victory of the four crore people of Odisha and I accept their verdict humbly," Patnaik said.

The BJD leader added that he was humbled by the people's blessing showered on Biju Janata Dal candidates both in the Assembly and Lok Sabha elections. Patnaik expressed his special "gratitude" towards the women voters who participated in large number during the polling.

Stating that BJD was committed to upkeep Odia "swabhiman" (pride) and protect interest of people, Patnaik said, "This victory indicates the good governance given by the BJD government. This election result has once again given strength to BJD to vigorously pursue its commitment to protect state's interest and fight for the its pride."

He further said the people's verdict proved that BJD government's transparent policies have been accepted by them. The Chief Minister called upon all to join hands for creating a strong and vibrant Odisha. "The people have sent more number of BJD MPs to Parliament. They will raise Odisha's issues effectively at the national level," Patnaik said to a question on BJD's possible role in national politics.

Interestingly, BJD had exuded confidence that it will secure more than 100 seats in the 147-member Odisha Assembly and more than 15 seats of the total 21 Lok Sabha seats in the state.

Here is the list of the MPs from Odisha who won the general elections 2014:

Ramachandra Hansda - BJD - Mayurbhanj

Nagendra Pradhan - BJD - Sambalpur

Arjun Charan Sethi - BJD - Bhadrak

Kulamani Samal - BJD - Jagatsinghpur

Rita Tarai BJD- Jajpur

Baijayant Panda - BJD - Kendrapara

Jhina Hikaka - BJD - Koraput

Balabhadra Majhi - BJD - Nabarangpur

Rabindra Kumar Jena - BJD - Balasore

Dilip Kumar Tirkey - BJD - Sundargarh

Subash Chouhan - BJP - Bargarh

Pinaki Mishra - BJD - Puri

Prasanna Kuamar Patasani - BJD

Tathagat Satpathy - BJD -

Bhartruhari Mahtab - BJD - Cuttack

Hemendra Chandra Singh - BJD - Kandhamaal

Sakuntala Laguri - BJD - Keonjhar

Balabhadra Majhi - BJD - Nabarangpur

Prasanna Kuamar Patasani - BJD - Bhubaneswar

(With additional inputs from PTI)

first published:May 16, 2014, 20:28 IST
last updated:May 16, 2014, 20:28 IST