Baragarh: Naveen Patnaik-led ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD) on Wednesday put up a thumping victory in the by-poll that took place on February 24 to Bijepur Assembly constituency in Bargarh district of Odisha.
Rita Sahu, widow of former three-time Congress MLA Subal Sahu whose death in August last year had necessitated the bye-election there won with a record margin of 41933 votes. Securing 102871 she emerged victorious while BJP stood at distant second with 60938 and Congress got 10274.
Over one thousand voters preferred NOTA (None Of The above) option though a total of 13 candidates had contested in the by-poll.
On the win BJD supremo Naveen Patnaik expressed his gratitude to the people of Bijapur for their blessings and said Odisha is a peaceful state and there is no place for violence in democracy.
“Humbled by love & trust of the people of #Bijepur for giving @bjd_Odisha a massive victory. BJD lives in the hearts of the people of #Odisha. Our people are peace loving and have rejected the politics of hatred and violence,” Patnaik tweeted.
“I thank each and every BJD worker who has worked hard for this. We will continue our efforts to build a prosperous and empowered Odisha. Jai Jagannath,” he added.
Ironically, BJD fielded Rita Sahu, wife of incumbent MLA late Subal Sahu, as its candidate for the by-poll, while Ashok Panigrahi left BJD and became saffron party’s candidate.
“The clean image of CM Naveen Patnaik and the State governments various developmental projects in our region as well as the popularity of my husband helped me to win this bye-election,” said would be MLA of Bijepur Rita Sahu.
“I will work for the all-round development of the people in our area and strive hard to fulfill my husband’s dream,” she added.