Odisha Congress not to field candidate for RS bypoll

Bhubaneswar: A day after BJD decided to field Narendra Kumar Swain as the party candidate for the Rajya Sabha bypoll, the Odisha Congress has decided to refrain from the election.

“As the party has only 16 members in State Assembly, we are thinking wise not to field any candidate for the upper House”, senior Congress leader and Leader of Opposition Narasingh Mishra said.

Similarly, BJP may not give the candidate for the bypoll as the BJD has overwhelming majority in the Assembly. However, its legislature party will take a formal decision in this regard at its meeting on November 29, party sources said.

The byelection is scheduled to be held on December 14.The Odisha Assembly had issued a notification in this regard on Thursday.

The Rajya Sabha seat from the State fell vacant after demise of BJD member Kalpataru Das on July 25 this year.

Das’s tenure as Rajya Sabha member was till April 2, 2020.

While the process for nomination filing began on Thursday and will continue till December 3, verification of papers will be done on December 4 and the last date of withdrawal of nominations is on December 7.