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Bijepur bypoll: BJD, BJP, Congress release list of star campaigners

Bhubaneswar: The BJD, BJP and Congress today released their list of star campaigners for the ensuing bye-elections in Bijepur Assembly constituency on October 21.

The BJD announced a list of 40 star campaigners, including party president and Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, and senior leaders Anang Udaya Singh Deo and Prasanna Acharya.

The BJP announced its list of star campaigners to set the poll pitch on fire. The top campaigners of the saffron party include BJP working president JP Nadda, senior leaders like Arun Singh, Union Ministers Dharmendra Pradhan, Smriti Irani and Pratap Sarangi.

The Congress too declared its list its list of star campaigners. The top campaigners include Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi, Priyanka Gandhi and former Prime Minister Manmohan Shing.

The ruling BJD has fielded former MLA Rita Sahu as its candidate while Congress has named Dillip Kumar Panda as its nominee. BJP has once again fielded Sanat Gartia.

The byelection was necessitated after Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, who won from both Bijepur and Hinjili Assembly Constituencies, vacated the Bijepur seat.

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