Jharsuguda: Voting for the bypoll to the Brajrajnagar assembly seat at 7 am on Tuesday. As many as 2,14,878 voters will be exercising their franchise to elect their MLA in the bye-election.
The polling will continue till 6 pm at 279 booths. Of the total booths, 22 are new and 30 are model booths while 60 booths have been identified as ‘sensitive’, and 5 are pink booths with only women polling agents.
To ensure free and fair voting, 1228 polling officers have been appointed. 1000 police officials and 3 companies of central armed force have been deployed at different booths to maintain law and order.
While 11 candidates are contesting the by-poll, a fierce fight is expected between BJD’s Alaka Mohanty, Congress’ Kishore Patel, and BJP’s Radharani Panda.
It is pertinent to mention that the Brajrajnagar assembly seat had fallen vacant on December 31, 2021, due to the untimely demise of Kishore Mohanty.
BJD candidate Alaka Mohanty is Kishore Mohanty’s widow.