A day after the Leader of Opposition (LoP) Jaynarayan Mishra claimed that some Congress leaders had struck a deal with the BJD in the Padampur bypoll, senior Congress MLA Suresh Routray supported the opposition leaders claim. Suresh Routray said that the Leader of the Opposition has said nothing wrong.
OPCC president Sarat Pattanayak rubbished the deal allegation and termed it baseless.
The State Congress spokesperson, Sudarshan Das said, “We urge those leaders, who are spewing venom against the party, to refrain from making such comments in the media and outside if they have faith in the ideologies of the party.”
Dharmendra Pradhan said he believes that the people of Odisha have immense faith in Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the development of the State.
Some of the experts are also of the opinion that the fight will be mainly between BJD and BJP in the coming days as the Congress vote bank base is gradually waning.
The poor show of Congress is not limited to Padampur bypoll only. Rather, the deposits of several Congress candidates have been forfeited in the past several elections in the state.
BJP said, all the Congress votes went to the BJD and they had an arrangement between them.
As BJD candidate and late Bijay Ranjan Singh Bariha’s daughter Barsha Singh Bariha defeated BJP’s Pradip Purohit with a margin of over 42,000 votes, the BJP went into introspection mode to ponder upon the causes behind their defeat.
As per experts, some crucial decisions by the ruling party helped them turn the tables in their favour.
A total of 10 candidates were contesting the Padampur byelection battle. The counting of votes had started at around 8 am and BJD candidate Barsha managed to secure a healthy lead in most of the rounds.
With trends showing BJD candidate Barsha Singh Bariha strengthening lead, the BJP MP said, “ Whatever mandate comes in Padampur byelection, we will accept it
Counting for the bypoll to Padampur Assembly constituency in Odisha's Bargarh district started today at 8 am. There will be 23 rounds of counting for
There will be 23 rounds of counting for the bypoll.
As per Purohit, EVM numbers are not matching at eleven booths.
There will be 23 rounds of counting for the by-poll. So, the counting process will continue for a longer time, he said.