Bhubaneswar: Process of filing nomination
for the Rajya Sabha elections in Orissa began Monday with the
Orissa Legislative Assembly issuing notification for this.
The candidates could file nomination papers till June
7, which would be scrutinised on the following day. The last
date for withdrawal of nomination was June 10, official
"If required, elections will be held on June 17,"
OLA secretary Kishore Ch Barik who is also the returning
officer for the RS elections, said.
On the first day, only two application forms were
issued by the assembly secretariat till afternoon.
The election was necessitated as the terms of three
sitting MPs - Pyarimohan Mohapatra (BJD), Radhakanta Naik
(Congress) and Bhagirathi Majhi of BJP - would expire next
While BJD supremo and chief minister Naveen Patnaik
had already announced re-nomination of Mohapatra, two other
seats could also go in favour of the ruling party.
BJD this time had 103 MLAs in the 147 member Orissa
assembly while Congress won only 27 seats followed by BJP
(six) and NCP (four). CPI had one member while remaining seven
seats were captured by independent members.
Each candidate has to get 37 first preference seats to
get elected to the upper house of the parliament. While BJD
could easily capture two seats, neither the Congress not the
BJP were in a position to win the third seats on their own