Bhubaneswar: Putting all speculations to rest and pulling down curtain of the high profile drama in Odisha over the selection of candidates for the upcoming Rajya Sabha election in the State, BJD this afternoon announced its three candidates’ name – Achyuta Samanta, Prashant Nanda and Soumya Ranjan Patnaik.
Though Achyuta Samanta and Soumya Ranjan Patnaik joining into the BJD fold this morning had cleared that they are going to be announced as the ruling party candidate from the State, the third candidate was a matter of curiosity for all political devotees in the State.
Odisha Chief Minister and BJD supremo Naveen Patnaik, announced the candidates list at 5 pm as said before .
Achyuta Samanta is the founder of Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology (KIIT); Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS), which provides free accommodation, food, healthcare, and education from class 1 to post-graduation with vocational training; KIIT International School (KIS), an International Baccalaureate affiliated school, and Kalinga Institute of Medical Sciences (KIMS), a medical college.
Prashant Nanda who is yesteryear’s superstar of Odia film industry and politician in the Indian state of Odisha. He worked in the Oriya film industry as an actor, director, screenwriter, lyricist and playback singer. He was also the former Minister of State of Odisha.
On the other hand, Soumya Ranjan Patnaik is the Founder and Editor of leading Odia Daily ‘Sambad’ and younger brother of former PCC President Niranjan Patnaik and son-in-law of former Assam Governor and Odisha CM Janaki Ballav Patnaik.