The focus shifts to Umerkote
The BJP, of course, has been the front runner in announcing the name of its candidate. The party has put up Dharmu Ganda in the fray.
Senior Congress leader and Odisha in-charge Jagdish Tytler who was on a two-day state visit said that his party will become the clear winner. For both Jagdish Tytler and Niranjan Pattnaik, the newly appointed PCC chief, Umerkote by-election is a sort of prestige issue. The core committee of party today held a meeting in the capital to deliberate on the candidate selection. Later, Tytler told the media that the name of the candidate will be announced by November 8 consultation with the high command.