Bhubaneswar: While the contest between the BJD and the BJP to win the Bijepur Assembly by-election is heating up, the ruling party has left no stone unturned to pocket the Congress home turf.
In a bid to wrest the Bijepur assembly constituency from Congress, the BJD played the right card by taking late Congress MLA Subal Sahu’s wife into its fold and offering a ticket to his widow, Ritarani Sahu, in the by-poll to the seat.
Though the move was strongly resented by many in the Bargarh district BJD as there were many aspirants for a ticket from the ruling party to contest the by-poll, by announcing the ticket earlier the ruling party played it wise getting enough time to calm down the erupting oppose to her candidature.
The marathon meeting with the party seniors is getting overall positive output in calming down the aggrieved leaders in the district.
The recent joining of the Barpali NAC Chairperson, Vice-Chairman and six Councillors quitting the Congress is another gain to the party as the NAC is part of the Bijepur constituency.
While the opposition Congress accusing the BJD of luring its leaders to strengthen its party by offering money, the BJP has also joined in the race by welcoming aggrieved and aspirant leaders of the ruling party.
Former legislator Ashok Kumar Panigrahi has joined the BJP who was elected to the State Assembly in 2000 on a BJD ticket.
However, he had been suspended from the party after he contested the 2014 elections as an independent candidate from the Bijepur Assembly constituency, leading to the defeat of BJD’s official candidate Prasanna Acharya.
Both the political parties are poaching on the aggrieved leaders and workers of the rival parties by ethical or unethical means what the political rife in the state airs.
Meanwhile, while the BJD has been holding hectic parleys among its leaders and workers of Bargarh district to prepare strategies for the Bijepur by-poll and curb intraparty fighting, a section of party workers of the BJP have shown theirs disagree to the joining of Panigrahi.
But, the Congress is going to lose in the political gamble though it has sympathy vote as infighting over OPCC President change has turned the only politics of the senior leaders.
The Congress had earlier alleged that the BJD was not getting a suitable candidate for the by-poll even after 17 years of its rule but the right card at the opportune time has pushed both the opposition to think thrice before fielding a candidate.