Bijepur bypoll: BJD, BJP, Congress candidates file nominations today

Bhubaneswar: The candidates of the three major political parties Biju Janata Dal (BJD), Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Congress on Monday filed their nomination papers for the bypoll to Odisha’s Bijepur Assembly seat.

BJD candidate Rita Sahu, BJP candidate Sanat Gartia and Dillip Panda of Congress submitted their nomination papers before the Returning Officer at the Sub-collector office in Padampur.

“The people of Bijepur have deep faith in Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and me. With the blessings of the voters, I will definitely win the election,” said Rita Sahu.

Rita Sahu, the wife of late Congress MLA Subal Sahu, was elected as Bijepur MLA on BJD ticket in February last year following the death of her husband in August 2017.

The bypoll was necessitated after Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, who won from both Bijepur and Hinjili Assembly Constituencies, vacated the Bijepur seat.

As many as 2,32,005 voters (1,19,916 male, 1,12,074 female and 15 third gender) are eligible to cast their votes at 285 polling booths during the bypoll, which is scheduled to be held on October 21. The counting of votes will be held on October 24.

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