Bhubaneswar: Sanat Gartia will be the candidate of the BJP for the October 21 bypoll in Bijepur Assembly constituency in Bargarh district western Odisha.
His name was announced today after the BJP Central Parliamentary Election committee cleared his name.
The bypoll in Bijepur was necessitated after BJD president and Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik vacated it and retained his traditional Hinjili seat in Ganjam district Ganjam in south Odisha. Patnaik had won from both the seats earlier this year.
The ruling BJD has fielded former MLA Rita Sahu as its candidate while Congress has named Dillip Kumar Panda as its nominee for the bypoll.