Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Jan 21:
The ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD) registered a massive victory in two urban local body (ULB) elections in Odisha, results of which were declared today.
Elections for newly-formed Champua Notified Area Council (NAC) in Keonjhar district and Baliguda NAC in Kandhamal were held on Tuesday.
Out of the total 13 wards in Baliguda NAC, BJD won nine while Congress won in three places followed by BJP in one ward.
Similarly in Champua NAC, BJD registered win in nine wards and remaining four were pocketed by independent candidates. The Congress and BJP failed to open their accounts in this local body election.
Counting of votes began at 8 am this morning.
It may be mentioned that the two ULBs had gone to polls on Tuesday where people in large numbers turned up to exercise their franchise to elect their representatives. Champua witnessed a massive turnout for the newly-formed local body as it registered 83 percent polling. On the other hand, Baliguda registered 74 percent voting in the three-way contest.
Today’s results turned out to be a face-saver for the BJD in the backdrop of the party’s recent loss in Keonjhar Municipality where its chairperson Meena Majhi was ousted after losing a vote of confidence.
The regional party had left no stones unturned to entice the voters in these ULBs. It deputed several party leaders, ministers and actor-turned-politicians for campaigning.