ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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ORISSA-How Elections Are Won

ORISSA How Elections Are Won AS JAVANTI PATNAIK is the Congress (I) candidate for the Cuttack Lok Sabha seat. She is the wife of the Orissa chief minister, J B Patnaik. She starts with at least three advantages. She can cash in on Indira Gandhi's image before the villagers; as the chief minister's wife, she is treated as the most important woman in the slate and she can claim the distinction of being the first Oriya woman to contest a Lok Sabha election. These were the considerations which weighed in her selection, though no doubt another consideration was the need to eliminate the possibility of factional bickerings over other names.

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