Kalyani Gajapati, the princess of Parala, ended suspense over her political career. She had recently joined a merger ceremony organised by the BJD at Naveen Niwas in Bhubaneswar.
Analysts said her joining in the BJD could usher in a change in the political equation of the BJD in the high-profile Berhampur Lok Sabha constituency.
Given this situation, she could be the ruling party’s MP nominee for Berhampur LS seat. Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has been pitching for 33 per cent reservation for women. Political observers infer that the BJD should favour her for an LS seat.
She is the granddaughter of late Paralakhemundi Maharaj Krushnachandra Gajapati, one of the architects of special Odisha province. Maharaj Krushnachandra Gajapati was the first Prime Minister of Odisha formed on the basis of the language.
After a long hiatus, a royal scion is expected to plunge in electoral politics. Since childhood, Kalyani was educated in Madras and Bangalore. Since her father is not keeping well, she was bound to come back to Parala. People of Parala harbour affection for her.