Mrunal Manmay Dash

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is hoping to win the Jharsuguda bypoll and has pinned hopes on the ‘higher polling percentage’ working in its favour.

Addressing a press conference, BJP spokesperson Dilip Mallick said, “Exactly like the Dhamnagar bypoll, the voters were relatively silent during Jharsuguda bypoll. The voting percentage is also on the higher side, indicating the results to go against the incumbent and in favour of the BJP.”

“The voters wanted a change in Jharsuguda and it will reflect in the results. We are hopeful that the BJP will secure a win in Jharsuguda,” Mallick asserted.

Meanwhile, the Biju Janata Dal has asserted its chances of victory in the bypoll as well.

Senior BJD leader, Debi Prasad Mishra said, “While we do not want to beat our own trumpet, it is a fact that the BJD will win the Jharsuguda bypoll handsomely.”

“Major force behind BJD is the people of Odisha. And it reflected in the polling in Jharsuguda. Voters including the women have flocked to cast their vote in favour of Dipali Das,” he added.

Jharsuguda by-election concluded peacefully on May 10 barring a few incidents of clashes, which were reported outside three polling booths.

Following the poll, the Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) used in the polling in 253 booths were sealed and stored in the strongrooms set up on the premises of Jharsuguda Engineering School amid tight security.

The counting of the votes and result declaration is on May 13.

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