Bijepur Bypoll: BJD’s Rita Sahu Secures Landslide Victory

Bijepur: Biju Janata Dal (BJD) candidate Rita Sahu secured a landslide victory in the crucial by-election to Bijepur assembly constituency in Bargarh district.

Rita Sahu garnered 1,35,957 votes while her nearest rival and BJP candidate Sanath Gartia bagged 37,967 votes. Congress candidate Dilip Kumar Panda got 5,873 votes. Besides, A total of 1982 votes were recorded for NOTA (none of the above), informed Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Sushil Kumar Lohani.

Rita Sahu was leading by 97,994 votes after completion of 21st round of counting. Sahu got 135949 votes while BJP’s Sanath Gartia received 37955 votes and Congress candidate Dillip Panda secured 5871 votes.

Rita Sahu is inching towards a landslide victory in the Bijepur assembly by-election and leading the race with 1,20,984 votes after completion of 18th round of counting.

In doing so, she has broken chief minister Naveen Patnaik’s tally of 1,10,604 votes during the 2019 assembly elections in the segment.

BJD candidate Rita Sahu furthered her lead to 80,270 votes after completion of 16th round of counting.

BJD candidate Rita Sahu leads by 69,859 votes after the completion of 14th round of counting of votes for Bijepur assembly by-election.

Sahu surpassed the party supremo and chief minister Naveen Patnaik’s winning margin of 57,122 votes in the last assembly elections. She was leading by 59,666 votes after 12th round of vote counting.

BJD candidate Rita Sahu maintains her lead in the Bijepur assembly by-election race by 56,126 votes after 11th round of vote counting. 


BJD candidate Rita Sahu leads the Bijepur assembly by-election by 52,142 votes after completion of 10th round of vote counting.

While Rita Sahu bagged 71229 votes, BJP candidate Sanath Gartia received 19087 votes and Congress’s Dillip Panda secured 2773 votes.

BJD candidate Rita Sahu leads by 47,758 votes after completion of ninth round of vote counting for Bijepur assembly by-election in Bargarh district.

After the completion of eighth round of vote counting, BJD candidate Rita Sahu is leading the race by 41,148 votes.

BJD candidate Rita Sahu leads by 38,694 votes after the completion of seventh round of counting.

BJD candidate Rita Sahu leads Bijepur by-election race by 34,301 votes against her rival BJP’s Sanath Gartia after the completion of sixth round of vote count.

After fifth round of counting of votes, BJD candidate Rita Sahu got 38318 votes while BJP’s Sanath Gartia received 9507 votes and Congress candidate Dillip Panda bagged 1435 votes. 

BJD candidate Rita Sahu maintained lead with 31,286 votes after completion of fourth round of vote counting while BJP got 7921 votes and Congress managed to bag 1115 votes.

BJD candidate Rita Sahu extended her lead to 16,473 votes after third-round of vote counting for Bijepur assembly by-election.

After completion of second round of counting, Rita Sahu was leading by 9897 votes. While Sahu secured 14275 votes, BJP’s Sanath Gartia got 4378 votes and Congress candidate Dilip Panda received 569 votes.

BJD candidate Rita Sahu was leading by 4788 votes after completion of first-round of counting.

The vote counting process began at 8 am today. The counting process will be carried out in 21 rounds for which as many as 14 tables and one round table have been set up.

According to sources, elaborate arrangements have been made at counting centres and a three-tier security cover has been put in place for smooth conduct of the voting process. One platoon of OSP, one company CRPF and local police have been deployed.

“Security arrangements have been made at inner and outer barricades. CRPF is controlling the inner cordon. Entry passes are being checked thoroughly and only authorised persons are being allowed into the counting centres,” the SP further said.

Speaking about vote counting, the Collector said, “As per the rule, postal ballots and Electronically Transmitted Postal Ballot System (ETPBS) votes will be counted first. Later, the vote counting will begin in counting tables.”

The Bijepur Assembly by-election which was held on October 21 witnessed a voter turnout of 79.17 percent, which is quite high in comparison to national average, according to Odisha Chief Electoral Officer Sushil Lohani. The assembly seat had a voter turnout of 82 percent in 2018 while the turnout was 79 percent during the recent 2019 general elections.