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|October 6, 1999||
Congress faces rout in Orissa
The Bharatiya Janata Party-Biju Janata Dal combine in Orissa has asked Chief Minister Giridhar Gamang to seek fresh mandate in the wake of what they called 'the total rout of Congress' in the state.
The combine, with candidates leading in 18 of the 21 Lok Sabha seats, is all set to sweep the state. In 11 constituencies, it leads comfortably.
Union Steel and Mines Minister and BJD president Naveen Patnaik, reacting to the trends that so far have favoured the combine, said Gamang should own moral responsibility and resign forthwith.
Patnaik said the people had voted in favour of Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and against the misrule and corruption of the ruling Congress in the state.
Here are the results so far:
Bhubaneswar: Prasanna Kumar Patsani of the Biju Janata Dal defeated Bibhuti Bhusan Singh Mardaraj of the Congress by 232,526 votes. The BJD, thus, retained the seat.
Deogarh:Union Minister of State for Surface Transport Debendra Kumar Pradhan of the BJP is leading over Congress candidate Hemananda Biswal by 34,793 votes.
Behrampur: BJP candidate Anadi Sahu leading by 30,000 votes over sitting MP and former Orissa chief minister J B Patnaik's wife Jayanti.
Dhenkenal: Former Union minister K P Singh Deo leading over the BJD's Tathagat Satpathy by over 6,000 votes.
Jajpur: The BJD's Jagannath Mallick is leading by 21,512 votes over the Congress' Rama Chandra Mallick.
Koraput: Hema Gamang is leading by 3,165 votes over her nearest rival Jayaram Pangi of the Biju Janata Dal.
Aska: Steel and Mines Minister Naveen Patnaik of the BJD is leading by 27,673 votes over his nearest rival Dutikrushna Panda of the CPI.
Phulbani: Padmanav Behera of the BJD is leading by 25,000 votes over his nearest rival Mrutyunjaya Nayak of the Congress.
Bhadrak: BJD's Arjun Charan Sethy is leading by 14,948 votes over his Congress rival Panchanan Mandal.
Puri: Braja Kishora Tripathy of the BJD is leading by 6045 votes over Jayant Das of the Congress.
Keonjhar: The BJP's Ananta Nayak is leading by 56,232 votes over Congressman Yashabanta Singh Laguri.
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