BJP Candidate Wins over Ruling Party BJD in Odisha Bypoll Election

Bhubaneswar: BJP candidate Suryabanshi Suraj expanded his lead to 6,755 votes over his BJD opponent Abanti Das for the Dhamnagar by-poll in Odisha’s Bhadrak district, Election Commission (EC) trends revealed on Sunday.

According to the Election Commission, Suryabanshi Suraj secured 58,332 votes after the 13th round of counting, while Abanti Das bagged 51,577. Congress nominee Baba Harekrushna Sethi got 2,602 votes.

An election official said a three-tier security arrangement is in place for the counting exercise. A central supervisor, an assistant supervisor, and a micro-observer are present along with party agents at the counting center, the official said. The Dhamnagar seat fell vacant following the death of BJP MLA Bishnu Charan Sethi in September. At least 68.98 percent of the constituency’s 2,38,417 voters cast their votes in 252 booths of Dhamnagar on November 3.

Suryabanshi Suraj, son of the dead MLA, said, “I am fighting the election from Dhamnagar as a local who knows about the place and people here.” Senior BJD leader and state minister Pramila Mallick oozed confidence that party candidate Abanti Das will win the election by a great margin.

Sporadic violence was reported in Dhamnagar on Friday and Saturday. Three people, including a woman, were injured and a house was set on fire in the violence in Tihidi block, a police officer said. A father-daughter duo was attacked with iron rods by alleged supporters of a political party in Talagopabindha village on Friday night. They have been admitted to the Bhadrak district headquarters hospital, the officer said.

In another incident, a person claimed that he was attacked by supporters of an opposition party on Saturday morning. A family at Kharapada gram panchayat alleged that their thatched house was set on fire due to political reasons by members of a party.

Odisha’s Chief Electoral Officer S K Lohani, however, said on Saturday that he had no information on post-poll violence and would enquire about it from Bhadrak SP.

By Archana

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