The by-election to Bijepur Assembly Constituency will be held on October 21 next. A notification in this regard was published in the gazette of Odisha government. The seat had fallen vacant on June 2,2019 after Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik resigned from the seat. Patnaik was elected to the Odisha state Assembly from Hinjli in Ganjam and Bijepur in Baragarh district during the last general election.
But he chose to retain his traditional seat Hinjli and vacated Bijepur Assembly seat. As per the notification, September 30 will be last date for filing of nomination and scrutiny will be held on October one next.October 3 will be the last date for withdrawal of candidatures and election if needed will be held on October 21 next. The counting of votes will be held on October 24 and the election process would be completed before October 27 next,Chief Electoral Office sources here said.