Ahead of the parliamentary election, the Biju Janata Dal president and Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik announced that his party will contest the Lok Sabha and state assembly polls on its own.
This announcement came in midst of speculations of any likelihood of the BJD entering into a tie-up with other political parties for the
parliamentary and assembly elections in the state.
On criteria for choosing candidates for the Lok Sabha elections, the BJD chief said winnability will be the yardstick.
The chief minister has already expressed confidence that the BJD will perform “very well” in the general and state elections.
On Monday, Mr Patnaik had said the process for selection of candidates for the the Lok Sabha and state assembly polls was on and that a list of
nominees would be finalised very soon.
The regional political party will field candidates in all the 21 parliamentary and 147 assembly constituencies in Odisha.