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BJD names Pratap Keshari Deb for Rajya Sabha, Pradip Kumar Amat for speaker's polls

Bhubaneswar: Putting speculations to rest, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Thursday said party spokesperson Pratap Keshari Deb will be the BJD candidate for the 25 May Rajya Sabha by-poll and Pradip Kumar Amat for the assembly Speaker's post.

Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik

Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik

Amat had resigned on 6 May as the state Finance Minister, along with nine others, and the Chief Minister had effected a major reshuffle in his cabinet the next day.

Deb is currently the Odisha State Housing Board Chairman. He was Technical Education and Training and IT Minister in the Naveen Patnaik government during its third term. He lost the 2014 assembly election from Aul constituency.

The ruling party is all set to win the lone Rajya Sabha seat as it enjoys a thumping majority in the assembly.

The Rajya Sabha seat fell vacant following the resignation of Bishnu Das, who was appointed the Deputy Chairman of the state Planning Board.

The Speaker's post fell vacant after Niranjan Pujari was inducted in the Cabinet on 7 May.

Published Date: May 11, 2017 16:01 PM | Updated Date: May 11, 2017 16:01 PM

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