Pipili (SunstarTV Bureau): Voting is underway for the Pipili by-election. Voters have been voting in various booths since 9 a.m. Candidates from three major political parties also voted. BJD candidate Rudra Pratap Maharathy has voted with the family. Congress candidate Biswakeshan Harichandan Mohapatra also spoke at Booth 5. BJP candidate Ashrit Patnaik has cast his vote.
It is to be noted that the Pipili seat fell vacant after the death of BJD MLA Pradeep Maharathy in October last year. So by-elections are being held here. Voters have been voting in various booths since 7 am. A total of 2,29,998 voters will cast their ballots. Voting is taking place in 36 polling stations. Strict security measures have been put in place for voting. As of 9 am, the turnout was 7.6 per cent so far.