Bhubaneswar: May 13: Biju Janata Dal (BJD) retained the Jharsuguda Assembly seat after its candidate Dipali Das defeated the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) candidate Tankadhar Tripathy by an overwhelming margin of 48,619 votes.
Dipali Das, the daughter of former Odisha Health Minister Naba Das, received a total of 1,07,003 votes, while Tankadhar Tripathy of the BJP received 58,384 votes. Candidate for Congress Tarun Pandey received 4,473 votes.
The Jharsuguda by-poll was necessitated following the murder of Naba Das by police personnel in January 2023.
“Because of the love and blessings of the people, I was able to win the election by a large margin. I will meet CM Naveen Patnaik soon. I will fulfill my obligation to the people. I will also fulfill the wishes of my late father, Naba Das’, said Dipali Das.
BJD President and Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik congratulated Dipali Das for her landslide victory in the Jharsuguda Assembly by-election.