Bhubaneswar: Ahead of Patkura by-polls, the ruling BJD and opposition BJP released the list of their star campaigners.
BJD’s list of star campaigners: Naveen Patnaik, Pramila Mallik, Prafulla Kumar Mallick , Sashibhusan Behera , Debi Prasad Mishra , Pratap Keshari Deb , Pratap Jena , Atanu Sabyasachi Nayak , Dr. Pradip Kumar Panigrahi , Sanjaya Kumar Das Burma, Dr. Aruna Kumar Sahoo, Pranab Prakash Das, Samir Ranjan Dash, Sushant Singh, Cpt. Dibya Shankar Mishra, Raghunandan Das, Rajendra Sahoo , Sarada Prasad Nayak , Chandra Sarathi Behera, Pranab Kumar Balabantray, Anubhav Mohanty, Arabinda Dhali, Umakanta Samantaray, Ananta Narayan Jena, Byomakesh Ray, Braja Kishore Pradhan, Ashok Kumar Bal, Devi Ranjan Tripathy, Bikram Panda, Sudhir Kumar Samal, Latika Pradhan, Souvik Biswal, Md. Ayub Khan, Muzibulla Khan, Arindam Ray, Akash Das Nayak, Kuna Tripathy, Subash Singh, Dr. Minati Behera and Sweta Snigdha Mishra
BJP’s list of star campaigners: Arun Singh, Dharmendra Pradhan, Pratap Chandra Sarangi, Jual Oram, Baijayanta Panda, Suresh Pujari, Dr. Sambit Patra, Basanta Kumar Panda, Biswa Bhusan Harichandan, K.V. Singh Deo, Manmohan Samal, Aparajita Sarangi, Sangeeta Singhdeo, Pradipta Kumar Naik, Bishnu Charan Sethi, Mohan Charan Majhi, Sameer Dey, Dr. Damodar Rout, Surama Padhy, Samir Mohanty, Kharabela Swain, Rudra Narayan Pani, Manas Kumar Mohanty, Prithviraj Harichandan, Pravati Parida, Thakur Ranjit Das, Raghunath Mohanty, Jayanarayan Mishra, Subash Panigrahi, Madan Mohan Dutta, Lalitendu Bidyadhar Mohapatra, Jayanta Sarangi, Sukanta Naik, Nauri Naik, Dr Mukesh Mahaling, Sritam Das, Anu Choudhury, Harihar Mohapatra and Pinky Pradhan
However, the election was countermanded following the death of BJD candidate Bed Prakash Aggarwal on April 20. The ECI had again postponed the polls for 60 days due to cyclone FANI that hit the state on May 3. The election will be held on July 20 and counting will be held on July 24.