03 October 2019
Bhubaneswar: The Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) on Thursday released its list of 40 star campaigners for upcoming Bijepur by-poll to be held on October 21. The counting of votes will be held on October 24.
The star candidate list included names such as Working President Jagat Prakash Nadda, National General Secretary Arun Singh, National Vice President Dr Baijyanta Panda, Union Ministers Dharmendra Pradhan, Smriti Irani, Pratap Chandra Sarangi, Member of Parliaments Aparajita Sarangi, Manoj Tiwari, seasoned leaders like Basanta Panda, Giridhar Gomango, and even actor-turned-politicians like Sritam Das and Pinky Pradhan among others.
The list was released by BJP State Vice-President Samir Mohanty.
The party had nominated Sanat Gadtia as it candidate. He will be competing against BJD’s Rita Sahu and Congress’ Dilip Kumar Panda. All three of them filed their nomination for the same on September 30.
The by-poll was warranted for after Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, who won from both Bijepur and Hinjili Assembly Constituencies, vacated the Bijepur seat.