Odisha: BJD heading towards landslide victory in urban polls

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Like the recently concluded panchayat election, the Biju Janata Dal (BJD) led by Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik is heading towards a landslide victory in the urban election for which counting was underway on Saturday.

The counting of votes of 105 municipalities/notified area councils (NACs) and three municipal corporations of Bhubaneswar, Cuttack and Berhampur started at 8 a.m., and till evening, the final result had not been declared by the State Election Commission.

As per the latest trend for the post of the chairman/mayor, the BJD candidates are leading in 76 urban local bodies (ULBs), followed by BJP which is leading in 16, Congress in 7 and independent candidates in nine.

The BJD mayor candidates are leading with a comfortable margin in all three municipal corporations — Bhubaneswar, Cuttack and Berhampur.

Thanking the people for re-imposing faith in his party, BJD President Naveen Patnaik, in a tweet, said, “Thank all the people of #Odisha for the overwhelming support in #OdishaMunicipalElection. The win is a reflection of the outpouring of love for @bjd_odisha and the untiring effort of thousands of party workers. #OdishaLovesBJD”

He also congratulated all winning BJD candidates and appreciated the hardwork of party workers.

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