Bijepur by-poll: BJD, BJP expedite campaigns

Bijepur: While only 10 days is left for the by-poll to be held for Bijepur Assembly constituency on February 24, different political parties have expedited campaign for their respective candidates.

Senior BJP leader and Union Minister Santosh Gangwar is scheduled to campaign at four places in Bijepur block area in favour of party candidate Ashok Panigrahi. Noted cine star Mahashweta Ray, who joined the BJP yesterday, is already camping in Bijepur for the purpose.

Though Congress is yet to hold a remarkable campaign, some BJP leaders who joined it will campaign in Barpali block with senior party leaders like Srikant Jena for its candidate Pranay Sahu. It may be mentioned here that sitting MLA Subal Sahu, on whose death a by-poll has been necessitated, was of the old national party, Congress.

The ruling BJD, which had lost the seat by a margin of only 450 votes during 2014 elections, has, however, kept up campaigning at different places.

According party plans, noted cine star and Rajya Sabha MP Anubhab Mohanty and cine stat Arindam would hold campaigning for the party candidate Rita Sahu at different places in favour of BJD candidate Rita Sahu. Minister Sushant Singh will remain present with them.

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