Bhubaneswar:2/6/19: Biju Janata Dal (BJD) supremo and Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Sunday retained Hinjili Assembly constituency and vacated Bijepur Assembly constituency in Bargarh district.
The letter was received by the speaker of the Odisha Legislative Assembly, Surya Narayan Patro. The Chief Minister expressed his gratitude and thanked the people of Bijepur for all their love and support.
Patnaik contested the 2019 assembly elections from the two constituencies and won the both seats.
The BJD president, who won previous four elections from his home turf Hinjili, retained the seat for a fifth consecutive term, trouncing BJP’s Pitambar Acharya by 60,160 votes. He also established a lead of 56,000 votes in Bijepur constituency against Sanat Kumar Gartia of BJP.
As the Bijepur seat fell vacant after the resignation of the CM, a by-election is imminent and it is expected to be held along with the re-polling in Patkura Assembly seat where election was postponed following the death of BJD candidate Bed Prakash Agarwalla.