Bhubaneswar, Oct 18/10: The campaigning for the by election to the Bijepur assembly constituency reached feverish pitch with only two days left for the campaign to end. The voting will be held on October 21.Chief minister Naveen Patnaik today started his two-day campaign for his party nominee Rita Sahu. Union petroleum and steel minister Dharmendra Pradhan will conduct his last leg campaign for BJP candidate Sanat Gadtia Legislature Party leader Narasingha Mishhra, party MLAs and senior leaders have been camping in Bijepur to campaign in favour of the party nominee Dilip Panda
.Bijepur has been in the limelight as this western Odisha constituency is witnessing three elections in a row within last two years. The current bypoll has been necessitated by the resignation of chief minister Naveen Patnaik, who had won the seat in the recent general election in April. Naveen, who had won the seat along Hinjili in Ganjam, has left it retaining Hinjili
Union minister Dharmendra Pradhan during his recent campaign in Bijepur last week, had posed an awkward question to Naveen – “Why did you quit Bijepur ?” This question has remained unanswered.The Congress leaders, on the other hand, reminded the people that whatever development has taken place in western Odisha in the past, has been carried out during their party regime. “ Has Naveen built any major irrigation project or any new port ? “, asked Congress Legislature Party leader Narasingha Mishra pointing out that the Lower Suktel and Ong irrigation projects, initiated by the Congress government, have not been complete by the Naveen Patnaik government.