The ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD) on Tuesday released a list of 40 star campaigners for the ensuing by-election to Brajrajnagar assembly constituency in Jharsuguda district.
The list includes BJD supremo Naveen Patnaik, party’s organisational secretary Pranab Prakash Das and other leaders like Debi Prasad Mishra, Prasanna Acharya, Niranjan Pujari, Pratap Jena, Arun Kumar Sahoo and Pramila Mallick.
Similarly, Atanu Sabyasachi Nayak, Sanjay Kumar Das Burma, Samir Ranjan Das, Naba Kishore Das, Susant Singh, Tukuni Sahu, Chandra Sarathi Behera, Dibya Shankar Mishra, Puspendra Singh Deo, Subash Singh, Kalikesh Narayan Singh Deo and Snehangmi Chhuria also named star campaigners for the by-election scheduled for May 31.
Others featured in the list are Sasmit Patra, Sujit Kumar, Muzibulla Khan, Rohit Pujari, Priti Ranjan Ghadei, Debesh Acharya, Rajendra Dholakia, Rita Sahu, Prasanta Behera, Nalinkanta Pradhan, Saroj Meher, Bikram Panda, Lanka Pradhan, Pradeep Kumar Disari, Kishore Chandra Nayak, Akash Das Nayak, Yogesh Singh, Arindam Roy, Soubhagya Nayak and Baikuntha Nayak.
The by-poll was necessitated following the death of sitting BJD MLA from Brajrajnagar and former Speaker Kishore Kumar Mohanty due to cardiac arrest on December 30, 2021.
The BJD has picked Alaka Mohanty, the widow Kishore Mohanty, as its candidate for the by-election while the BJP nominated former MLA Radharani Panda . The Congress party has fielded Kishore Chandra Patel as its candidate.