Bhubaneswar: BJD candidates Sasmit Patra and Amar Patnaik and BJP nominee Ashwini Vaishnav were elected unopposed to Rajya Sabha today.
The ruling Biju Janata Dal had supported Vaishnav, a former IAS officer.
Since there were no other contenders, the Returning Officer after scrutiny of nomination papers announced the three to be elected and given them Certificate of Election today.
The by-elections for the three Rajya Sabha seats were slated to be held on July 5.
The by-polls were necessitated after the BJD’s Achyuta Samanta, Pratap Keshari Deb and Soumya Ranjan Patnaik were elected to the Lok Sabha and the State Assembly in the recently-concluded elections.
“I am humbled today with this important task at hand and commit myself to the service of India and especially my state Odisha and its people,” said Sasmit Patra.