Naveen, Raman to campaign
Bhubaneswar: The upcoming Bijepur By-election in Odisha wis going to be a big fight between the ruling BJD and the national ruling party BJP. Chief Ministers of Odisha and neighbouring Chhattishgarh are all set to campaign in the by-elections being held at Bijepur assembly segment.
Besides Naveen Patnaik and Raman Singh, Union Ministers including Smriti Irani, Radhamohan Singh, Gajendra singh Sekhawat, Dharmendra Pradhan and Jual Oram are also scheduled to campain for their candidates in Bijepur.
BJD has already released a list of Star Campaigners for the upcoming by-election to the Bijepur Assembly constituency.
The list includes names of 40 prominent leaders including party Chief Naveen Patnaik who is scheduled to campaign on 19 and 21 February.
According to sources, Naveen will campaign for party candidate Rita Sahu in Gaisilat & Barpali block on 19 February and in Bijepur block on 21 February.
A total of 27 MLAs and six MPs are among the star campaigners who will campaign for party candidate Rita Sahu ahead of the bypoll.
Anang Udaya Singh Deo, Bed Prakash Agarwal, Tathagata Satpathy, Pratap Jena and Bikram Keshari Arukh, Surya Narayan Patro, Kalikesh Singh Deo, Pratap Keshari Deb, Cine Stars Siddhant Mohapatra, Anubhav Mohanty, Akash Das Nayak, Munna Khan, Arindam Roy and Kuna Tripathy have figured in the list.
Other star campaigners named by the party include Rohit Pujari, Raseswari Panigrahi, Prashant Jagdev, Rajendra Sahu, Byomakesh Ray, Pranab Kumar Balabantaray, Dibya Shankar Mishra, Pushpendra Singhdeo, Pritiranjan Ghadai, Debasis Nayak, Samir Das, Umakanta Samantray, Braja Pradhan, Sanjeeb Sahu and Pramila Mallick.
Meanwhile, BJP spokesman Sajan Sharma said that Chhattishgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh, Union Ministers Smriti Irani and others will campaign for BJP candidate Ashok Panigrahi.
Though Congress candidate Pranaya Sahu has already started campaigning with state leaders, the party is yet to announce name of its star campaigners.