Huge drama in Padampur bypoll politics: BJP holds up nomination, BJD names Barsha Bariha candidate

Barsha is the elder daughter of its sitting MLA Bijay Ranjan Singh Bariha, who passed away on October 3, necessitating the bypoll. Interestingly, Barsha is also the daughter-in-law of BJP leader Ramaranjan Baliarsingh.

Barsha Singh Bariha and Pradeep Purohit

Bringing an end to all speculations, the Biju Janata Dal on Monday announced the name of Barsha Singh Bariha, deceased MLA Bijay Ranjan Singh Bariha’s daughter as its candidate for the Padampur by-election. 

The BJD had never tasted a debacle in bypolls since 2019. But the result of the recently held Dhamnagar bypoll upset its apple cart. Both the BJP and Congress announced the names of their candidates for the bypoll, but the ruling party fell behind. In order not to repeat the Dhamnagar chapter, the party put its brains together to select Barsha Singh Bariha as its candidate for the much-anticipated bypoll.