Is Naveen Going To Vacate Hinjli Or Bijepur Set To Face Another Bypoll
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Bhubaneswar: While BJD supremo Naveen Patnaik was sworn in as the Chief Minister of Odisha for the fifth consecutive term after his party bagged 112 out of 146 assembly seats, a bypoll at one of the constituencies is imminent as the regional satrap has won from two seats in the general election 2019.
Patnaik has retained his home turf Hinjli and also won at the much talked about Bijepur constituency, which had already faced a bypoll last year after the death of Congress MLA Subal Sahu. Though Patnaik had contested from the two constituencies powered by section 33(7) of the Representation of People’s Act, he has to vacate a seat, triggering a bypoll, as stated under section 70 of the Act.
Here the question arises as to which of the two seats he will choose to vacate as within a day after swearing-in as the Chief Minister, Patnaik announced a string of development and social welfare projects for Bijepur assembly constituency.
Rairakhol MLA Rohit Pujari, while thanking the Chief Minister for the package announced for Bijepur said vacating any one of the assembly seat is the latter’s own decision. He however said that all the assembly seats in Odisha belong to the Chief Minister and development of the State is his only aim.
Rural Development, Labour and ESI Minister Sushant Singh said that no discussion on the choice of vacating a seat by the Chief Minister has been held till date. The BJD supremo represented Bijepur in the polls in order to push forward the development works in the region and the focus on Bargarh district is just an example of the upcoming development works, he added.