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

Bijepur Bypolls Results 2018 Live Streaming Catch the latest counting trends on Zee News

Bijepur Bypolls Results 2018 Live Streaming Catch the latest counting trends on Zee News

Rita Sahu, widow of former three-time Congress MLA Subal Sahu whose death in August 2017 had necessitated the by-election in which she won with a record 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.

Bhubaneswar: Odisha's ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD) scored a landslide victory in the by-poll to the Bijepur Assembly Constituency while the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) ended up at the second position and the Congress at the third spot.

On the win CM, BJD supremo Naveen Patnaik expressed his gratitude to the people of Bijapur for their blessings and said Odisha is a peaceful state and there is no place for violence in democracy. Rita Sahu is leading with 33,377 votes, while BJP and Congress candidates both have 20,579 votes and 1,877 votes respectively.

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The poor show by the Congress, which had won the Bijepur seat in three consecutive elections in 2004, 2009 and 2014, was primarily due to the infighting in its State unit and late announcement of the party's nominee. The by-poll was an opportunity for the Congress to regain its lost ground in western Odisha and rejuvenate its rank and file ahead of 2019 general elections. Similar scenes were also witnessed at the BJD's Bijepur office. The by-poll was necessitated due to the death of Congress MLA Subal Sahu in August previous year.

Mr. Panigrahi, a former BJD legislator, had joined the BJP in October previous year. Though there were 13 candidates in the fray for the assembly seat, the high voltage fight was primarily seen as a triangular contest between BJD, BJP and Congress. On the other hand, BJP and Congress offices wore a deserted look.

Dharmendra Pradhan, Union Minister for Petroleum and Natural Gas who had led the BJP's campaign told ET, "We are politely accepting the verdict".

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