Bhubaneswar: BJD supremo and Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik will campaign for party candidate for Bijpur by-election Rita Sahu for two days on October 17 and 18. Patanik is likely to make a night halt at Bijepur on October 17.
Sahu will mainly take on BJP’s Sanat Gartia and Congress’ Dillip Kumar Panda in the by-poll, which will be held on October 21, even as there are a dozen of other candidates in the fray.
Notably, the by-poll has been necessitated after the seat was vacated by BJD suprmo Patnaik in June. Though he had won two seats, Bijepur and Hinjili, in the election held in April, Patnaik retained the latter one.
Rita, widow of former Congress MLA Subal Sahul, had won the seat earlier in a by-poll held in February 2018 following Subal’s death.