Pipili (SunstarTV Bureau): The ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD) picked Rudra Pratap Maharathy, the son of late Pradeep Maharathy as the party candidate for the upcoming by-election to Pipili assembly constituency in Puri district.
Notably, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik chose Maharathy’s name for representing the party from the segment.
On Thursday, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) had named Ashrit Pattanayak as its candidate for the by-election to Pipili. Ashrit filed his nomination at Puri ADM office today.
After the announcement of his name, party heavyweights reached Rudra Pratap’s residence to decide the next course of action.
“I thank Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik for reposing faith in me. I am hopeful that the people of Delang and Pipili will support me and help me emerge victorious in the bypoll,” Rudra Pratap said to media.
Meanwhile, he asked about the filing of his nomination papers, he said the date will be finalised after a discussion with the party leaders.