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Puri: On the penultimate day of filing nominations for the Pipili by-election, both Biju Janata Dal and Congress candidates on Tuesday filed their respective papers at the Sub-Collector's office in Puri.

BJD's Rudra Pratap Maharathy and Congress candidate Ajit Mangaraj left Pipili for Puri in separate road shows and filed their papers with the Sub-Collector.

Son of late MLA Pradeep Maharathy, Rudra Pratap expressed his hope to win the election with a good margin. "With the blessings of my father, CM Naveen Patnaik and the love of Delang-Pipili constituents, I am sure that we will come out of this election with flying colours," Rudra Pratap said while speaking to newsmen.

"My primary aim would be to complete the unfinished projects of my father, I will then visit all the Panchayats and wards in my constituencies and solve their problems, if any," he added.

Similarly, Congress' Ajit Mangaraj said, "The people here do not believe in money power nor they can be intimidated with muscle power. They have already made up their mind to elect me."

Senior Congress leader from the nearby Satyabadi Assembly constituency and former OPCC chief Prasad Harichandan, said, "An era in Pipili's political timeline is over. Voters are keeping away from both BJD and BJP for their anti poor and anti farmer policies of the State and Central government. I strongly believe that our candidate, Ajit Mangaraj will secure a landslide victory in the by-election."

It is worth mentioning here that, Ashrit Pattanayak, the candidate of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has already filed his nomination on March 26.

(Edited By Suryakant Jena)

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