The last day of the election campaign saw many street-corner meetings and door-to-door campaigns across the constituency by the three parties.
BJD President and Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, several union ministers and BJP leaders, including Smriti Irani, Dharmendra Pradhan, and Jual Oram, and senior Congress leaders extensively canvassed for votes for their respective candidates during the campaigning.
The death of Congress MLA Subal Sahu in August last year necessitated the Bijepur bypoll. Mr Sahu had represented the seat in the past three terms and this time. His wife Rita Sahu is the BJD candidate, the Congress has fielded Pranaya Sahu. The BJP has put up Ashok Panigrahi.
“We are taking all steps to hold peaceful and free by-election. We will make sure all critical booths are equipped with webcast facility. Micro observers will be deployed and we are trying to source additional Executive Magistrates from nearby districts for poll duty,” state Chief Electoral Officer Surendra Kumar said.
The counting of votes for Odisha’s Bijpeur bypoll will be held on February 28.
(With Inputs From PTI)