The entire Jharsuguda Assembly constituency has been divided into five zones. To maintain law and order situation and ensure peaceful voting, 19 platoons of Odisha Police, 300 OR constables, 150 home guards and about 100 officers have been deployed.
Central forces will be deployed in 144 booths out of the total 253 booths. Along with seven companies of central forces, adequate number of Odisha Police personnel will be deployed during polling.
While just one day is to go for the Jharsuguda bypoll, a high drama unfolded on Sunday with Laikera Zone-1 ex-Zilla Parishad member Lokendra Rout joining the BJP in the morning and returning to the BJD in the evening.
The campaigning by the political parties has hit the fever pitch in Jharsuguda as the time for campaigning will end today evening.
The senior saffron party leader urged people of Jharsuguda to vote for BJP candidate Tankadhar Tripathy.
“The state government has to answer why an on-duty police officer killed a sitting minister. The government has to answer what is the motive behind the murder,” said Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan while addressing a gathering in the district.
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) alleged that the conch party is implementing the Padampur model in the Jharsuguda bypoll.
The infighting between the two groups is nothing new and it had taken a new dimension after Naba Das changed camp and joined BJD in 2019.
As the polling date for the Jharsuguda by-election is inching closer, the political hostility between the Biju Janata Dal (BJD) and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is getting more intense.
After getting the information, Laikera Police rushed to the spot and controlled the situation.
All three major political parties- BJP, BJD, and the Congress have intensified their campaigning with the objective to grab the Jharsuguda Assembly seat which has fallen vacant after the brutal murder of sitting MLA and state Health Minister Naba Kishore Das.
Sahu joined the conch party at its new office in Bhubaneswar. The move by Sahu came just a week ahead of the Jharsuguda bypoll.
For Congress candidate Tarun Pandey, both his mother and sister are now busy campaigning for him. Tarun’s sister Sarita stays in Mumbai and she is now in Odisha to assist her brother. Similarly, Tarun’s mother Tarulata said that her husband and former MLA Birendra Pandey’s election management will certainly help her son this time.
Coming down heavily on the BJD government, Panda said, “Bad governance is prevalent in the State for the past 23 years. Odisha has witnessed a 1000 times rise in the crime rate in the last one decade. Be it Mamita Meher, Naba Das or minor boy Samarth Agarwal kidnapping and murder case, the State is witnessing such crimes frequently.”
The campaign vehicle of the BJP was allegedly ransacked at Mangalabazaar in Jharsuguda on Sunday. As per the allegations, the BJD workers were behind the attack and also abused and thrashed the BJP members campaigning for their candidate, Tankadhar Tripathy.
According to information, in the last 10 to 12 years, Odisha has registered the highest growth in crime rate in the whole nation. We the people of Odisha are being the victims of this increasing crime graph," said BJP National Vice President Baijayant Panda.
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)’s Odisha Prabhari Sunil Bansal had a meeting with the members of the core committee. He had a brainstorming session with party chief Manmohan Samal, former president Samir Mohanty, MPs Jual Oram and Suresh Pujari and party candidate Tankadhar Tripathy.
The political parties are well aware that the party which will be able to garner the maximum votes from these two sections will be in a favorable position.
Opposition BJP and Congress slammed the BJD for allegedly poaching leaders of other parties by luring them with money, position, and power.
Pradhan, who visited the poll-bound Jharsuguda district yesterday, targeted the Naveen Patnaik-led government alleging that the party is being run by two bureaucrats who are not even from Odisha.