Senior Odisha BJP Leader Accuses Party of Ignoring Him Before Bijepur Bypoll
Bhubaneswar: After the BJP named Sanat Gartia as its candidate for the bypoll to the Bijepur Assembly seat in Odisha's Bargarh district, slated to be held on October 21, senior party leader in the state, Ashok Panigrahi, has accused the saffron party of ignoring him.
Bijepur bypoll has been necessitated after Patnaik resigned from the seat and retained the Hinjili Assembly segment in Ganjam district, from where he had won too.
However, BJP state General Secretary Prithviraj Harichandan dismissed Panigrahi's allegation and said the party will speak to him if there is any difference in opinion.
Earlier, another senior BJP leader, Damodar Rout, had made similar allegations against the party, saying he was not being involved in programmes after he lost the elections.
Meanwhile, political parties have started campaigning for the bypoll to the Bijepur Assembly seat.