Bhubaneswar: Election to Patkura Assembly seat will be held on May 19, said the Election Commission of India (ECI) in a notification on Wednesday. The election in this constituency was earlier scheduled to be held on 29th of April, but due to death of BJD candidate Bed Prakah Agrawalla, the election was suspended.
According to the notification, the last day of filing of nomination is May 1. Verification of the nomination papers will be done on May 2 while the last date for withdrawal is May 4.
While the BJP, Congress and other political parties have already finalized the name of their candidate for Patkura seat, the BJD will have announce a new candidate in place of late Mr Agrawalla. Sources in the BJD said that the party leadership is most likely field the son of Bed Prakash Agarwalla as its candidate for Patkura seat. BJP leader and the party’s nominee for the seat, Vijay Mohapatra has welcomed the ECI decision to hold the election within the period of the ongoing General Elections.