25 September 2019
Bhubaneswar: All India Congress Committee president Sonia Gandhi on Wednesday approved Dillip Kumar Panda as the party's candidate for the upcoming Bijepur by-polls.
In a press release, the AICC stated that Gandhi has given her consent on a proposal over Panda's candidature from the western Odisha assembly segment.
The Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee had sent a proposal with five names to the AICC for selection of the party's candidate. Panda, at present holds the post of vice-president, Bargarh district Congress unit.
At the same time, Gandhi has selected Kantilal Bhuria as the party's candidate for Madhya Pradesh's Jhabua by-elections.