Bhubaneswar, September 15, 2021: Union Ministers among star campaigners for by-election in Odisha’s Pipli on September 30, according to a saffron party functionary.
Union Ministers among star campaigners for Pipli bypoll
Three Union ministers and the national president of the BJP’s Kisan Morcha are among the 20 star campaigners for the Pipli bypoll on September 30.
Union Ministers among star campaigners, national president of BJP’s Kisan Morcha also on list
Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan, Railway Minister Ashiwini Vaishnaw, and Minister of State for Jal Shakti and Tribal Affairs Bisweswar Tudu are among the BJP’s star campaigners, according to a list filed to the office of the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO).
Vijay Pal Singh Tomar, the national president of the BJP’s Kisan Morcha, will campaign for party candidate Ashrit Pattnaik.
The BJP’s state president, Samir Mohanty, national vice-president, Baijayant Panda, Bhubaneswar MP Aparajita Sarangi, state in-charge D Purandeswari, national spokesperson Sambit Patra, and other top party figures will campaign.
Campaigning for the Pipili assembly segment will begin on September 20 and run for 72 hours, following COVID-19 norms. On October 3rd, the votes will be counted.
Race between BJP, BJD & Congress
Despite the fact that 10 people are running, the race is largely between BJD candidate Rudrapratap Maharathy, BJP nominee Ashrit Pattnaik, and Congress candidate Bishwokeshan Harichandan Mohapatra.
Due to the death of sitting BJD MLA Pradeep Maharathy in October of last year, a by-election to the assembly constituency was required.
The by-election for the Pipili assembly constituency had been postponed three times previously. It was originally set for April 17, but was postponed after Congress candidate Ajit Mangaraj died of COVID-19 just three days before the election.
The polling date was later set for May 13, but due to the Eid-ul-Fitr festival, it was delayed to May 16. Officials stated it was rescheduled due to the increased number of COVID-19 cases.
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Rules and regulations taken into account
The Election Commission of India has set a limit of 20 vehicles per candidate or political party (excluding star campaigners) for electioneering, with each vehicle carrying 50% of its capacity.
District Election Officers will be empowered to take appropriate measures to prevent crowding during voting and counting while preserving social distance and ensuring that masks, sanitizer, thermal scanning, and hand gloves are used in accordance with COVID-19 policy.