Its candidate secures 53.6% of the votes polled towards BJP’s 42.04%; Congress nominee loses deposit
Ruling Biju Janata Dal’s Rudra Pratap Maharathy received the Pipili by-election, defeating BJP’s Ashrit Pattnayak by 20,916 votes in a straight battle.
Whereas Mr. Maharathy polled 96,972 votes, his nearest rival Mr. Pattnayak may bag 76,056 votes.
The bypoll was necessitated following the loss of life of BJD MLA Pradip Moharathy attributable to COVID-19 in October 2020. The BJD fielded his son within the seat which Pradip Maharathy had received seven occasions.
The BJD candidate secured 53.6% of the votes polled abandoning the BJP candidate at 42.04%. The constituency recorded the best ever voter turnout of 78.24%.
Congress candidate Bishwokeshan Harichandan Mohapatra fared miserably by managing to ballot 4,261 (2.36%) votes and dropping the deposit. The opposite seven candidates obtained 1% of the votes polled.
The end result could have no bearing on the BJD authorities because it enjoys a large energy of 113 within the 147-member Meeting.
The success is actually a morale boosting separately when political events are on the point of battle the essential panchayat and civic physique polls, that are more likely to happen early subsequent 12 months.
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, who’s hailed as the important thing issue within the success, didn’t marketing campaign for Mr. Maharathy. Alternatively, senior BJP Minister and Union Schooling Minister Dharmendra Pradhan held rallies for his social gathering candidate.
“I thank the individuals of Pipili for his or her big assist to Mr. Maharathy. I additionally congratulate all employees and leaders of the BJD,” stated Mr. Patnaik.
The BJD employees had began celebrations by waving social gathering flags even because the counting was underneath manner. Many Congress employees staged an illustration in entrance of the social gathering workplace right here demanding the resignation of Pradesh Congress Committee president Niranjan Patnaik.