KORAPUT: After the official declaration of the Zilla Parishad results in which the BJD has got a clear majority by winning 24 of 29 zones, there is hectic political activity in the party to form the ZP body.
Two main leaders of the district from two major zones, former Minister Rabi Narayan Nanda and former MP and district BJD president Jayram Pangi, are trying hard for their candidates to get the ZP president post.
The two leaders are exercising their clout by taking the support the costal BJD leaders for a selection of the ZP chief though a final decision on it will be taken by party boss and CM Naveen Patnaik.
The Koraput ZP chief post is reserved for ST candidate. The four ZP candidates in the race are Potaingi zone 1 winner Dumri Khilo, Mandhar Gadba (Jeypore zone 1), Prasant Gupta (Boipariguda block zone 2) and Dasmantpur zone 1 winner Prabhu Jani.
According to a few senior leaders of the district, as the last president was from the Jeypore subdivision, so there is a possibility that the president post may be taken from the candidate of Koraput subdivision and Dumri Khillo is, therefore, the top contender for the post. Khillo has created a special identity in the party and is closeto Pangi.