NEW DELHI, March 15 -- Odisha's ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD) is considering a staggered release of the name of its candidates for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections amid concerns of poaching by rival parties.

The BJD won 20 out of 21 Lok Sabha seats in Odisha in 2014. It has kept its options open, not aligning with either the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) or the United Progressive Alliance (UPA), ahead of the four-phase polling in the state from April 11 to 29.

The party is set to announce seven women candidates after BJD chief and chief minister Naveen Patnaik announced 33% reservation for women. On Wednesday, Patnaik hailed his West Bengal counterpart Mamata Banerjee's decision to set apart 40% of the state's 42 seats for women candi...