Expelled BJD leader and Gopalpur MLA Pradeep Panigrahy on Thursday pleaded the State government not to implicate him in false cases and said he is ready to leave Odisha.
In the 2009 elections also, Maharathy had polled 49.14 pc of the votes against 40.85 pc of the Congress candidate Samantray.
Campaigning for the party candidate virtually, the Chief Minister said that he would have been very happy to personally visit Pipili during the by-poll.
The by-poll has given an opportunity to the BJP to rake up the miseries of the people affected by cyclone Fani two years ago.
Party vice-president Debi Prasad Mishra asserted that the BJD candidate will win with a bigger margin compared to the 2019 Assembly elections despite the aggressive campaign by the BJP.
Meanwhile, president of BJP’s Odisha unit Sameer Mohanty has launched a door-to-door campaign in several villages of the constituency.
Meanwhile, Odisha has decided to file a fresh suit against AP in the apex court as tension at the border escalated.
BJD national spokesperson Sasmit Patra alleged that due to the growing fear within the BJP of losing the by-poll, it has been pumping huge amount of money to influence the electorate.
They demanded restoration of the unit and early execution of the third phase of the plant expansion.
The BJD on Sunday demanded unconditional apology from the BJP legislators for throwing shoes and microphones at the Speaker’s podium in the Assembly.
Byomkesh Ray, in a telephonic conversation with Gurucharan Behera, a sub inspector of Bansadar police station, is heard directing the latter to act in a case.
Land oustees displaced due to Nalco’s mines and plant have the right to stage protests peacefully for their legitimate issues.
The BJD has demanded inclusion of four tribal languages in the 8th schedule of the Constitution of India.
The delegation maintained that the State’s storage capacity will be overflowing and cannot accommodate the surplus rice.
For the first time in recent history, three ministers trooped to the well of the House demanding that the legislator should first apologise for his conduct which, they said, has set a bad precedent.