Briefing the media here, OPCC working president Pradeep Majhi said, “We are ready to fight the by-election in Pipili Assembly segment but not putting the lives of people at risk due to the surge in Covid-19 cases in the area.”
“We appealed the Election Commission and all the political parties including BJP and BJD to postpone the by-poll in view of the Covid situation,” Majhi urged.
The former Nabarangpur MP also said that a delegation of their party will meet the chief electoral officer (CEO), Odisha this afternoon and submit a memorandum in this regard.
The polling for the Pipili by-election, which was earlier countermanded following the death of Congress nominee Ajit Mangaraj due to Covid-19, is scheduled to be held on May 16. It was originally scheduled on April 17.
The by-poll was necessitated for the Pipli assembly segment due to the demise of BJD MLA Pradeep Maharathy in October 2020. He also died of Covid-19 related complications.
Odisha today recorded as many as 6,073 covid-19 fresh cases in the last 24 hours, taking the active cases of the state to 50,958 according to the State Health and Family Welfare Department.