Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Phulbani, Sep 27:
The scrutiny of nomination papers of the candidates for the bye-election to the Kandhamal Lok Sabha seat in Odisha is on at the district collector/returning officer’s office here today.
A total of nine candidates had filed their nomination papers by close of filing of nominations yesterday.
Apart from the three major political parties of the state- the BJD, BJP and Congress- six independent candidates have filed their nominations.
A general observer is also present at the returning officer’s office to keep a watch over the scrutiny process.
While Abhimanyu Behera of the Congress and BJP’s Rudramadhab Ray filed their nominations on Friday, the BJD candidate Pratyusha Rajeswari Singh, widow of former Kandhamal MP Hemendra Chandra Singh filed her nominations on Thursday.
The bye-poll, scheduled for October 15, was necessitated by the sudden demise of Hemendra Chandra Singh on September 5.
Senior leaders of the three major political parties are camping at the district headquarters town of Phulbani to plan strategies for the victory of their respective candidates.