Odishatv Bureau

Bhubaneswar: With the Bijepur bypoll due early next year, the ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD) on Wednesday held a crucial meeting at Naveen Niwas to discuss strategies on the bypoll to thwart the Bharatiya Janata Party and the Congress' tall claims of winning the Constituency.

As per reports, ministers, MLAs, an observer and senior leaders from the district attended the meeting presided by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik. They deliberated on issues that will help the party woo voters in the bypoll.

"We discussed on the plans of the party for the Bijepur bypoll. We will definitely win the Bijepur seat, there's no second thought on that," said Bargarh district president Bijay Ranjan Singh Bariha after the meeting, adding that the BJP's win in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh assembly elections will have no impact on the bypoll.

"We will make people aware of the various welfare schemes and achievements of the Naveen government in its 17 years of rule," Bariha added.

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However, Labour Minister Sushant Singh said the meeting was not held specifically on the Bijepur bypoll. "Our meeting on strategies for the bypoll has already been done. Today's meeting was part of our regular meet to discuss the party's strategies for the upcoming elections," Singh clarified.

The Bijepur bypoll was necessitated following the death of three-time Congress MLA from the Constituency, Subal Sahu in August this year.

While the BJD has already announced wife of the late Congress MLA, Rita as its nominee for the seat, both the BJP and the Congress are yet to announce their candidates.