October 1, 2021 3:49:31 am
The by-elections to Pipli Assembly constituency in Odisha passed off peacefully on Thursday with a voter turnout of 68.40 per cent by 5 pm, officials said.
The Assembly segment is a stronghold of the ruling BJD, which has won the seat since 2000.
The bypolls were necessitated by the death of BJD lawmaker Pradeep Maharathy, who had won the seat a record seven times, due to Covid-19 infection last October. The by-election was first scheduled for April 17, but it was deferred after Congress candidate Ajit Mangaraj died of Covid-related complications three days before the polling date.
It was rescheduled to May 16 but was deferred again due to the second wave of the pandemic.
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