7 ‘royal’ challengers in the fray: Includes wives of three scions | India News

BHUBANESWAR: At least seven members of royal families, including wives of three royal scions, will try their luck this time in the simultaneous assembly and Lok Sabha elections in the state.
Pratyusha Rajeswari Singh, wife of former MP late Hemendra Singh, was elected to the Lok Sabha earlier. She has been fielded by BJP from Nayagarh assembly seat. Pratyusha contested and won from Kandhamal LS seat in a byelection.Hemendra had won on a BJD ticket. In 2019, Pratyusha was denied a ticket by BJD and she joined BJP.
BJD veteran Kalikesh Singhdeo will contest from Balangir assembly seat, seeking a second term as legislator. He debuted in 2004 from Saintala assembly seat. In 2009 and 2014, he won from Balangir LS seat against sister-in-law Sangeeta.
With Kalikesh switching to the assembly, it is likely there won’t be any royal family member pitted against Sangeeta, who has been fielded by BJP from Balangir seat. For the first time after 2009, the Balangir LS seat won’t witness a royal versus royal fight.

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