Biju Janata Dal (BJD), the ruling party in Odisha, on Sunday retained the Umerkote assembly seat in a by-election with its candidate Subash Ganda trouncing his nearest rival Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP)’s Dharmu Ganda by more than 21,000 votes after counting was completed.
Subash Ganda polled 54,713 votes against Dharmu Ganda’s 33,652 votes. Congress candidate Jatindranath Ganda finished third with 32,877 votes.
The by-election for the seat reserved for Scheduled Tribes was held on Wednesday. It was necessitated following the murder of the sitting BJD MLA Jagabandhu Majhi allegedly by Maoists on September 24.
The by-election had a triangular fight between the candidates of the BJD, BJP and Congress.
Despite Maoist threat, the largely peaceful election registered more than 70% polling in a constituency having more than 1.65 lakh voters.