Odisha: BJD announces Rudra Pratap Maharathy as Party Candidate for Pipili Bypoll

Bhubaneswar: The Biju Janata Dal (BJD) announced Rudra Pratap Maharathy as its party candidate for the upcoming Pipili bypoll in Odisha. BJD Supremo Naveen Patnaik made the announcement on Friday.

With today’s announcement, the speculation about the probable candidate for Pipili has ended up as it was being discussed about whether the BJD candidate for the constituency would be Pratibha Maharathy of Rudra Pratap Maharathy.

As per reports, Rudra Pratap Maharathy, the son of late Pipili MLA Pradeep Maharathy has been fielded as the BJD candidate for Pipili constituency for the upcoming Assembly election that is scheduled to be held on April 17. Pradeep Maharathy’s wife Pratibha Maharathy was another strong contender for the said seat and speculation was ripe whether the mother would be given ticket or son from BJD.

In his reaction following the announcement Rudra Pratap said that he would fulfill the dream of his late father. He also conveyed his gratitude to CM Naveen Patnaik for keeping trust on him. ‘My mother’s blessing is there for me,” he also said.

Yesterday, BJP had announced Ashrit Pattnayak as its party candidate for Pipili constituency of Odisha.

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