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Naveen to hit campaign trail for BJD on Feb 20-21 in Bijepur

Bhubaneswar: As the campaign for Bijepur by-poll has picked up momentum, Chief Minister and BJD president Naveen Patnaik will hit the campaign trail in Bijepur on Wednesday and Thursday.

He will seek vote for party candidate Rita Sahu.

Patnaik will devote February 20 to Barpali block while on February 21 he will campaign in Bijepur and Gaisilat blocks. He will spend the night at the Bargarh Circuit House and campaign on Thursday at Bijepur and Barpali.

According to sources, the CM will arrive in Bargarh on Wednesday at 11.30 am and will attend a road show at Barpali followed by two public meetings at Kumbhara and Agalpur at 4.30 pm and 5.45 pm, respectively. He will make night halt at the Bargarh Circuit House.

On the following day, he will campaign in Gaisilat and Bijepur blocks.

Union Minister Smriti Irani will also hit the campaign trail on Wednesday for BJP candidate Ashok Panigarhi.

Union Ministers and state BJP leaders Jual Oram and Dharmendra Pradhan, who are already campaigning in Bijepur would continue hitting the trail till last day of campaigning on February 22.

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