Jharsuguda: State BJP president Manmohan Samal, who is currently on a visit to Delhi, has announced that the party will soon release the candidates for the upcoming Jharsuguda bypoll. According to Samal, the names of potential candidates have already been sent to the parliamentary board for consideration.
Samal, who recently took charge as state BJP president, met with several senior party leaders during his visit to Delhi, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi and field in-charge Sunil Bansal. He expressed confidence that the BJP will field a candidate who is most likely to win the election, and that the party is making all efforts to secure a victory. Samal also noted that people have lost faith in the current government, further underscoring the need for a BJP win in the upcoming bypoll.
The state BJP president is also reportedly holding discussions with party leaders to strategies for the upcoming general elections. Samal emphasised that there is a thorough discussion on how the ruling party in the state can effectively counter the BJD.
The Chief Electoral Officer yesterday informed the political parties that all the processes related to the referendum will be completed by May 15th. The process of submission of candidature will begin on April 13th with the publication of the gazette notification, and April 20th is the last day for submission of nomination papers. The nomination papers will be verified by April 21st, while April 24th is the last day for the withdrawal of nomination papers. The day of receipt of votes is May 10th, and the counting of votes will be on May 13th.
The Jharsuguda bypoll is expected to be highly contested, with the BJP and the BJD both vying for the seat. The bypoll was necessitated after the death of BJD MLA Naba Kishore Das, who had won the seat in the 2019 assembly election. The BJP is hoping to make significant inroads in the state, which has been largely dominated by the BJD in recent years.