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BJP fields greenhorn Acharya against Naveen Patnaik in Hinjili

The BJP Monday named party s state vice-president Pitamber Acharya as its candidate against ruling BJD president and Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, who is seeking re-election from Hinjili assembly seat in Odisha s Ganjam district, party sources said. This will be the first time that Acharya will fight the assembly polls though he has been in politics since his student days and was the president of the students union in BJB College here in the 90s. Acharya, a senior advocate of Orissa High Court, is also the BJP s spokesman. He was assigned the responsibility of the party s vice-president barely two days ago. The BJP is yet to name its candidate against Patnaik in Bijepur assembly seat from where the BJD president will also contest. Confirming that he will contest from Hinjili assembly seat, Acharya said he would contest against the chief minister to win the polls. BJP sources said Acharya was interested to contest from Cuttack Lok Sabha seat. But the party fielded former

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