BARGARH:While only a few hours remain for the results of Bijepur by-poll to be declared, the Congress seems to be on the back-foot after senior leader Niranjan Patnaik candidly admitted that despite roping in a good candidate, the party is likely to lose due to unpreparedness, lack of money and proper campaigning.
He said a victory by more than 40000 votes will have an impact on future elections.
"Around 72 per cent of the electorate cast their votes by 5 pm in the by-poll", state Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Surendra Kumar told reporters. Congress' Pranaya Sahu is trailing with 683 votes.
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Bhubaneswar: Odisha's ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD) scored a landslide victory in the by-poll to the Bijepur Assembly Constituency while the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) ended up at the second position and the Congress at the third spot. Congress's Pranaya Sahu is trailing with 315 votes.
The Election Commission and the district administration have put in place all necessary arrangements for counting.
Mr. Panigrahi, a former BJD legislator, had joined the BJP in October a year ago. On the other hand, the Congress has fielded Pranay Sahu from the seat with an aim to claim its stake in Bijepur. However, the turnout was lower as compared to 2014, when 81.6 per cent polling was registered.
While hailing the party's impressive show, Patnaik, also the party chief, said the people of Bijepur have rejected violence. A buoyant BJP was hoping to sail on the surge in three-tier Panchayat polls held in state, exactly around this time past year.