Union Minister for Petroleum & Natural Gas and Steel Dharmendra Pradhan and Union Minister of State for Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries and MSME Pratap Chandra Sarangi are among the 30 star campaigners for the Pipili by-election, according to a release issued by the BJP.
Other star campaigners include Samir Mohanty, Baijayanta Jay Panda, D Purendeswari, Vijay Pal Singh Tomar, Bisweswar Tudu, Pradipta Kumar Naik, Jual Oram, KV Singh Deo, Manmohan samal, Suresh Pujari, Basanta Kumar Panda, Bijay Mohapatra, Bishnu Charan Sethi, Sambit Patra , Aparajita Sarangi, Jayanarayan Mishra, Surama Padhy, Kharavela Swain, Ashwini Vaishnab, Prakash Mishra, Manas Kumar Mohanty, Prithiviraj Harichandan, Golak Prasad Mohapatra, Lekhasri Samantsinhar, sritam Das, Harihar Mohapatra, Pinky Pradhan and Anu Chaudhury.
The BJP has fielded Ashrit Pattnayak as its candidate for the by-elections for the Pipili assembly segment.
The polling for the by-election is scheduled to be held on April 17 and votes will be counted on May 2.
The by-poll was necessitated for the Pipli assembly segment due to the demise of BJD MLA Pradeep Maharathy in October 2020.