ODISHA PIPLI SEAT RETAINED BY BJP BY OVER 20000 VOTES
04 October 2021
Odisha: The ruling BJD (Biju Janata Dal) candidate Rudra Pratap Maharatry found victory in the Odisha Assembly Constituency of Pipli by 20,916 votes in a direct fight with the BJP. The ruling central party came in second with around 76,056 votes to Ashrit Pattnayak. Congress candidate Bishwokeshan Harichandan Mohapatra failed miserably by receiving only 4,261 votes and having to lose his deposit. This outcome will cause no obstacle to the RJD government as it enjoys a massive majority in the assembly of 113 out of 147 seats.
The BJP candidate received 42.04% votes compared to the winning BJD with 53.6% of the votes, compared to a voter turn out of 78.24%.
The by-elections had to happen due to the passing of MLA Pradip Maharathry due to covid-19 in October 2020. The party fielded his son Rudra Pratap Maharathy. Former MLA Pradip had won the Pipli seat several times before. “I thank the people of Pipli for their huge support for Maharathry. I also congratulate all the workers and leaders of the BJD”, said Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Sunday. Congress workers demanded the resignation of Pradesh Congress Committee President Niranjan Patnaik.
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