Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

Balasore: With just over a week to go for the Balasore Sadar and Tirtol by-elections in Odisha, campaigns are going on in full swing in both the assembly constituencies.

Three major political parties, BJP, BJD and Congress are vying with one another to prove their mettle and capture the Assembly seats. The leaders of the respective parties, along with their candidates are leaving no stone unturned in braving the inclement weather due to heavy rain and reaching out to the masses in order to garner votes.

The by-polls, scheduled to be held on November 3, is touted to be a very crucial political battle. Union minister Dharmendra Pradhan will address the people of Tirtol Assembly constituency through a virtual conference today on behalf of BJP candidate Rajkishore Behera.

Other important leaders of BJP like MP Aparajita Sarangi, has also embarked on door-to-door campaigning to woo the voters. Sarangi met the women voters of Balasore Sadar on Thursday and requested them to vote for BJP candidate Manas Dutta.

“The people of Balasore are with the BJP candidate and they will definitely give the party one more chance to fulfil the developmental dreams of their late MLA,” she said,

She also lashed out at BJD in a meeting for misgovernance in the State.

“Action is being taken against general public and the BJP for COVID-19 violation while everyone is silent about such violations by the ruling-BJD leaders in the State,” she said.

Meanwhile, Odisha Congress in-charge Chella Kumar, Pradesh Congress Committee (PCC) president Niranjan Patnaik and former MP Pradeep Majhi will be at the helm of the campaign for the grand old party in Tirtol on Friday. The party has fielded Himansu Bhusan Mallick as their candidate in this seat.

All these leaders of the grand old party will approach the Balasore Sadar voters directly for their candidate Mamata Kundu on Friday.

Similarly, Many BJD MLAs and ministers have plunged into the campaign through an aggressive door-to-door campaigning for their candidates Bijay Shankar Das and Swarup Kumar Das in Tirtol and Balasore Assembly constituencies respectively.

(Edited by Ramakant Biswas)

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