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PTI bhubaneswar Last Updated at 08-12-2018 12:05:32 IST India

The Telugu Desam Party (TDP)

led by Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu has

decided to contest the Lok Sabha and the Odisha Assembly

elections in the BJD ruled-state next year.

TDP's Odisha in-charge Rajesh Putra told reporters in

Koraput that the TDP will field candidates in 52 Assembly

constituencies and five Lok Sabha seats in Odisha.

He said the TDP would like to focus in the southern

region of the state where Telugu language is being spoken by

the people.

The districts where the TDP would field its candidates

have been identified as Koraput, Rayagada, Malkangiri,

Gajapati, Ganjam and Nabarngpur.

Stating that the TDP has a stronghold in these

districts, Putra said the party leadership feels that the

dense population of Telugu people in these areas might be

beneficial to the party.

The TDP candidates are likely to contest from Koraput,

Nabarangpur, Berhampur and Aska constituencies, he said,

adding that another parliamentary constituency will be decided

later.

He said TDP supremo Chandrababu Naidu will announce

the name of the candidates very soon.

A primary survey in this regard is underway in 52

Assembly constituencies of the state, Putra said.

The party will apprise the voters of Odisha about the

developmental activities in Andhra Pradesh, he added.

The people of Odisha want development in their state

for which the TDP will contest in the upcoming Assembly polls,

he said.

While senior BJD leader and Minister S N Patro said

participation of the TDP in the Odisha Assembly polls will

have no impact, Congress chief whip Taraprasad Bahinipati said

that TDP candidates will eat into the BJD votes and benefit

Congress.

On the other hand, BJP leader Bhrugu Buxipatra said

TDP participation will have no impact on the Odisha politics.

While the TDP has been preparing to field candidates

in the southern region of the state, the All India Trinamul

Congress (TMC) led by West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata

Banerjee has already announced that the party will participate

in the Odisha elections.

The Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM), led by Shibu Soren,

is already a force in Mayurbhanj district in the northern

region, source said.

(This story has not been edited by Devdiscourse staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)


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