Bhubaneswar: Biju Janata Dal (BJD) candidate Sulochana Das has won the election to the post of Mayor of Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC).
Sulochana polled 1,74,562 votes and trounced her nearest rival Suniti Mund of the BJP by a margin of 61,143 votes.
She is the first woman to be elected as the Mayor of BMC.
Sulochana, who began her career as a journalist, started her political journey with the Congress and later joined the Biju Janata Dal.
She was made the state commissioner for persons with disabilities by the Odisha government in 2019 before being declared as BJD’s nominee for the BMC Mayor post by party president Naveen Patnaik.