First BJP, then BJD and now Congress announced their candidates for Kandhamal Lok Sabha by election which was necessitated following the death of the sitting BJD MP Hemendra Singh.
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Monday approved Rudra Madhab Ray as the party candidate for the Kandhamal Lok Sabha constituency by-poll to be held on 15 October 2014.
Ray was elected BJD MP from Kandhamal in the 2009 elections but was suspended from BJD for alleged anti-party activities during the 2014 polls.
Ray joined BJP on Sunday at the party head headquarters in Bhubaneswar in the presence of state BJP president KV Singhdeo, senior leader Biswa Bhushan Harichandan, Union minister Dharmendra Pradhan, party in-charge for Odisha Arun Singh and several senior leaders of the party.
Biju Janta Dal (BJD) on Tuesday formally announced the name of Pratyusha Rajeswari Singh, wife of late MP Hemendra Chandra Singh, as the party candidate for the Kandhamal Lok Sabha by-election.
After the announcement of her name as BJD candidate for the by-poll, Pratyusha said that she will serve the people of Kandhamal and would fulfill the unfulfilled dreams of her husband.
The All India Congress Committee (AICC) on Wednesday declared former MLA Abhimanyu Behera as the Congress candidate for the Kandhamal Lok Sabha by-poll.