Bhubaneswar, April 23: Congress today declared its candidate for Pipili bypoll and nominated Bishwokeshan Harichandan Mohapatra as its candidate.
The by-poll for Pipili constituency scheduled to be held on May 13 has been postponed for three days due to Id-Ul-Fitar, following which the voting will take place on May 16. The bypoll was necessitated by the death of sitting BJD MLA Pradeep Kumar Maharathy on October 4 in 2020.
BJP has earlier fielded Ashrit Pattnayak as its candidate for the bypoll while BJD has given party ticket to Rudra Maharathy, son of Pradeep Maharathy.
The bypoll which was earlier scheduled to be held on April 17 bypoll was deferred as Congress candidate Ajit Mangaraj died of Corona on April 14.