Odisha: BJD Confident To Clinch Bijepur Assembly By-Election

29 September 2019

Mohammed Ishtiyaque

Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister and BJD supremo Naveen Patnaik has reasserted his stand on women empowerment by nominating a woman candidate for Bijepur assembly seat by-election. BJD's belief in the empowerment of women and their representation in Parliament and assemblies only becomes stronger with this decision of the Odisha CM, senior BJD leader Sashi Bhusan Behera said.

On the sidelines of re-nomination of Rita Sahu from Bijepur, Behera was addressing media persons here on Sunday. He said that there was immense support and faith towards Naveen in Bijepur and the entire state. "The massive development of Odisha under the leadership of our CM has become an example in the country."

Behera added, Naveen has clarified from the beginning that his focus remains on the overall development of Bijepur. "All the promises for Bijepur made before the election have been fulfilled. Rita Sahu's candidature strengthens BJD's position in the constituency," he said.

On the other hand, BJP is gearing up to counter the ruling party in the crucial western Odisha assembly seat. BJP's Odisha unit vice-president Samir Mohanty said that there are a number of issues which will be on the agenda of the saffron party.

"There is no allocation of budget for a major irrigation project which was announced earlier. Besides, a new NAC was created in Bijepur constituency but there are no staff for the same. Are there enough doctors and para-medical staff in the government hospitals of Bijepur? There were many announcements for Bijepur but the Government has failed to fulfil those," said Mohanty.

Odisha Congress which is struggling to gain prominence has prepared a strategy to get the seat back in its folds. OPCC president Niranjan Patnaik today said that CLP leader, Working president and several other senior leaders of the grand old party will be camping in Bijepur for the election.

Sashi Bhusan Behera, BJD Leader

Samir Mohanty, Vice-president, BJP, Odisha

Niranjan Patnaik, PCC president, Odisha