Bhubaneswar: Former Chief Minister J.B. Patnaik’s son Prithvi Ballav Patnaik has suddenly changed his mind and expressed unwillingness to contest from Begunia Assembly seat.
The central election committee of the All India Congress Committee had on Tuesday night cleared his candidature.
Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee (OPCC) president Niranjan Patnaik told mediapersons that Prithvi met him and apprised him of his unwillingness to contest the election.
“Since Prithvi is not willing to contest the polls from Begunia, we will find an alternative candidate very soon,” Niranjan said.
Prithivi had earlier hinted at his willingness to contest the polls from Begunia from where his father had won. The reason for his sudden change of mind is not known.