They were issued showcase notices for their statements against the party affairs at a function at Suchana Bhawan in Bhubaneswar a few weeks ago on May 8.
Launching a scathing attack on Cuttack Barabati MLA Mohammed Moquim and senior leader Chiranjib Biswal for their anti-party remarks, the Jharsuguda unit of the party held the duo responsible for the poor performance in the bypoll.
Close inspection of the trend witnessed during Padampur and Jharsuguda bypolls reveals that Congress votes are getting divided.
Senior Congress leader Suresh Routray said senior leaders of the party stayed away from the campaigning which, he said, was another reason for his party’s debacle in the by-election.
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik addressed party workers at Sankha Bhawan, BJD’s office in Bhubaneswar, in the wake of the resounding victory of party candidate Dipali Das in Jharsuguda bypoll.
“It had been a dream of my father to build a new Jharsuguda. And I will fulfill my father’s dreams, by following the guidance of the Chief Minister,” said newly-elected Jharsuguda MLA Dipali Das.
The ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD) retained the Jharsuguda Assembly constituency seat after its candidate Dipali Das trounced the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) candidate Tankadhar Tripathy by a huge margin of 48,619 votes. The results of the Jharsuguda bypoll were announced on Saturday.
Counting of votes for the Jharsuguda Assembly Constituency bypoll began at 8 AM today. The votes are being counted on 14 tables and the counting will be
While a total of nine candidates are in the fray, it is a triangular contest between the BJP, the BJD, and the Congress. The three parties are hopeful of winning the bypoll.
Addressing a press conference, BJP spokesperson Dilip Mallick said, “Exactly like the Dhamnagar bypoll, the voters were relatively silent during Jharsuguda bypoll. The voting percentage is also on the higher side, indicating the results to go against the incumbent and in favour of the BJP.”
The strong rooms are under CCTV surveillance and the district administration officials are supervising the security arrangements.
Senior officials said that 1,50,035 voters including 77,020 female and 74,008 male voters had exercised their franchise till 5 pm for the Jharsuguda bypoll.
As per reports, names of around 50 voters from ward no.17, who were supposed to cast votes in booth no 72, were found to be deleted.
The polling for the by-election to Jharsuguda assembly constituency began at 7 am on Wednesday amid tight security measures. According to sources,
According to sources, a total of 2,21,070 voters including 1,10,320 male, 1,10,687 female and 63 third gender will exercise their franchise in 253 booths. The Polling will continue till 6 pm.