BJD spokesperson and former minister Pratap Deb will file nomination for the election to the lone Rajya Sabha seat from Odisha today. Scrutiny will be held tomorrow and candidates can withdraw on May 18. The poll is slated for May 25.
Pratap Deb, an erstwhile royal family member, is currently chairman of the Odisha State Housing Board. He was minister for technical education and training and information technology in Naveen's Cabinet between 2009 and 2014. He lost the 2014 Assembly election from Aul constituency of Kendrapara.
Deb's victory is a foregone conclusion given the strength of BJD in the assembly.