Bhubaneswar: Voting for the bypoll to the Padampur assembly seat began at 7 am on Monday. As many as 2,57, 474 voters will be exercising their franchise to elect their MLA in the bye-election.
The polling will continue till 4 pm at 319 booths. The nomenclature of 306 Booths has been changed due to a change in name of the schools where the booths are located. Around 74 vulnerable (L.W.E. affected) booths & 78 sensitive booths have been identified.
While 10 candidates are contesting the by-poll, a fierce fight is expected between BJD’s Barsha Singh Bariha, BJP’s Pradip Purohit, and Congress’ Satya Bhusan Sahu.
It is pertinent to mention that the Padampur assembly seat had fallen vacant on October 3, 2022, due to the untimely demise of Bijay Ranjan Singh Bariha. BJD candidate Barsha is daughter of Bijay Bariha.