Bhubaneswar, April 2: BJD today announced a 30 member star campaigner list for Pipili bypoll. The list includes Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, ministers and MLAs.
Polling will be held on April 17 and votes will be counted on May 2. The bypoll was necessitated by the death of sitting BJD MLA Pradeep Kumar Maharathy on October 4 in 2020. BJD has nominated Rudra Pratap Maharathy, son of the former MLA for the bypoll.
The ministers who featured in the list of star campaigners include Samir Dash, Naba Kishore Das, Tukuni Sahoo, Niranjan Pujari, Sushanta Kumar Singh and Tusharkanti Behera. Similarly several MLAs including Pranab Prakash Das, Ananata Narayan Jena, Byomakesh Ray and Devi Ranjan Tripathy also featured in the list.
Olywood actors Arindam Ray and Akash Dasnayak will also campaign for the party in the bypoll.