Bijepur by-poll: Odisha’s ruling BJD wins prestige battle, BJP fails to bloom
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.
In a fiercely contested election, BJD candidate Rita Sahu emerged victorious with a magnanimous margin of 41933 votes over her nearest rival and BJP candidate Ashok Panigrahi.
Rita Sahu polled 102871 votes of a total 181716 ballots casted in favour of as many as 13 candidates in the fray. While Ashok Panigrahi got a total of 60938 votes, Congress candidate Pranaya Sahu managed to garner 10274 votes only, said Returning Officer Tapiram Majhi.
The BJD won a staggering 56 per cent of the polled votes, while the BJP won 33.53 per cent and the Congress a mere 5.65 per cent, said Majhi.
Pranaya Sahu also lost his security deposit as he failed to poll 1/6th of the total votes.
The vote counting process concluded after 21 rounds with Rita Sahu going way ahead of Ashok Panigrahi in the initial rounds and the lead of same magnitude remaining intact throughout.
Here’s detail of round-wise figures:
Reacting over the win, Chief Minister and BJD supremo Naveen Patnaik thanked the voters and said that a victory by a margin of more than 40000 votes will have impact on future elections.
“Humbled by love & trust of the people of
#Bijepur for giving @bjd_Odisha a massive victory. BJD lives in the hearts of the people of #Odisha. Our people are peace loving and have rejected the politics of hatred and violence,” Patnaik tweeted.
“I thank each and every BJD worker who has worked hard for this. We will continue our efforts to build a prosperous and empowered Odisha. Jai Jagannath,” he added.
“The victory is a reflection of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik’s popularity and good works done by my late husband Subal Sahu,” said Rita Sahu.
BJP legislature party leader K.V. Singh Deo conceded the defeat. “We need to do our introspection over the defeat in the Bijepur bypoll and move forward,” said Singh Deo.
“The Congress votes got diverted towards the BJD. We were at the third position during the 2014 general elections. However, we have secured the second position this time. Besides, the amount of votes in our support has increased by a huge margin as compared to the previous polls. We will definitely register victory in the 2019 general elections,” said defeated candidate Ashok Panigrahi.
“The BJD had distributed black money among the voters to influence them,” he alleged.
Celebrations erupted at the BJD party headquarters here. Party workers were seen dancing and bursting firecrackers following the victory of their candidate. Similar scenes were also witnessed at the BJD’s Bijepur office.
On the other hand, BJP and Congress offices wore a deserted look.