Thursday, September 10, 2015

Panda Shivalinga Prasad elected to Alberta State (Canada) Assembly

The first provincial byelection since NDP Rachel Notley’s victory in Alberta goes to the conservative Wildrose party.

The third time was the charm for Shivalinga Prasad Panda as he won the Calgary-Foothills (Alberta - Canada) byelection on Thursday, delivering a major breakthrough for the Wildrose Party — and the first major blow to Premier Rachel Notley’s NDP.

Shivalinga Prasad was born at Sangam Jagarlamudi village in Guntur district. He studied Intermediate at AG & SG College in Vuyyur and obtained engineering degree from Siddharhta Engineering College at Vijayawada.

Panda, who ran and lost for Wildrose in the 2012 and 2015 provincial elections, took an early lead over the NDP’s Bob Hawkesworth and held it as the votes rolled in throughout the night, eventually winning by 1,607 votes over his nearest opponent.

With all 66 polls reporting, Panda had captured 38 per cent of the vote, with Hawkesworth trailing at 26 per cent. Progressive Conservative Blair Houston was close behind in third place with 22 per cent of the votes cast.

Panda, a 50-year-old senior manager at Suncor who edged out two other candidates for the Wildrose nomination, positioned his party in the campaign as defenders of Alberta jobs.
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