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Voters reject father-son pairs and turncoats in Odisha

People of Odisha have rejected three father-son pairs and most of the turncoats but preferred new faces in the recently held simultaneous Lok Sabha and assembly elections. The opposition Congress was most humiliated when the people rejected three father-son pairs and a father-daughter pair. OPCC president Niranjan Patnaik, who contested from two assembly segments - Ghasipura in Kenjhar district and Bhandaripokhari in Bhadrak district lost the polls from both the places, while his son Navajyoti Patnaik was relegated to the third position in Balasore Lok Sabha seat. Senior Congress leader Bhakta Charan Das lost the polls in Kalahandi Lok Sabha seat, while his son Sagar Das was defeated in Bhawanipatna assembly segment. Veteran trade union leader Gorege Tirkey, who had joined the Congress after quitting Samata Kranti Dal before elections and contested from Sundergarh Lok Sabha seat as a Congress candidate finished third in the list. His son Rohit Joseph Tirkey also lost the


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