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Bhubaneswar: Dr. Achyuta Samanta, founder of KISS & KIIT, who was elected uncontested to Rajya Sabha from Odisha on Thursday, received his winning certificate here today.
Dr. Samanta received the winning certificate from the Returning Officer Rajesh Prabhakar Patil.
“I thank BJD supremo and honourable Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik for making me the party candidate. In Rajya Sabha, I will definitely raise voice for the larger interest of Odisha mostly for the development of the tribals and their education which I have been doing for the last 25 years,” said Dr Samanta after receiving the winning certificate from the Returning Officer.
Notably, Dr. Samanta along with media baron Soumya Ranjan Patnaik and senior Biju Janata Dal (BJD) leader Prashanta Nanda was elected to the Upper House of the Parliament uncontested as the candidates of the state ruling party.
Though Nanda and Patnaik had received their winning certificate on Thursday, Dr. Samanta could not receive the same as he was in Manipur to attend the 105th Indian Science Congress. He is the General President of 105th Indian Science Congress.
BJD President Naveen Patnaik had named noted educationist and social worker Dr. Samanta and Aama Odisha Party (AOP) President Soumya Ranjan Patnaik as the party candidates for the Rajya Sabha election hours after they joined the conch party on March 7, 2018.