Massive win for BJD in bypoll to influence 2019, says Naveen Patnaik

01 March, 2018, 15:07 | Author: Charlene Valdez
  • BJD workers celebrate the party's win in Bijepur by-election in Bhubaneswar on Wednesday

BJD's Rita Sahu defeated her nearest rival Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) candidate Ashok Panigrahi by a margin of 41,933 votes.

BJD leaders claimed that Sahu will win with a margin of 25,000 to 30,000 votes while Congress leader Suresh Routray said the Congress candidate will win the by-election with at least a 2,000 margin. The BJP's party president Amit Shah on a visit to Odisha had declared the party would come to power winning 120 of the state's 147 assembly seats in 2019.

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While hailing the party's impressive show, Patnaik, also the party chief, said the people of Bijepur have rejected violence. However, as the campaign progressed, it turned into a direct fight between BJD and BJP while Congress lost steam and was out of the race.

For Bijepur Assembly Bye-Election 2018, the BJD has fielded Rita Sahu, the wife of Subal Sahu.

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At the outset, it was advantage Congress as Subal Sahu, whose death necessitated the by-election, had won from Bijepur three times in a row on its party ticket. BJD lives in the hearts of the people of #Odisha. "Odisha is a peaceful state; the people will not stand for violence in a democracy", he said in an apparent dig at the BJP, which has sent many of its Union ministers to Odisha since last year to change the political narrative in the state that has been ruled by the BJD for the past 17 years. "I'll work for the all-round development of the people in our area and strive hard to fulfil my husband's dream", PTI quoted Sahu as saying.

Around 72 percent of the voters exercised their franchise in the bypoll to Bijepur assembly seat in Odisha's Bargarh district on Saturday. Rita was inducted into BJD in September 23, last year. The by-poll for Bijepur Assembly seat was held on February 24.

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