Padampur: After winning the Dhamnagar by-election, BJP is leaving no stone unturned to leave its marks in Bargarh’s Padampur.
The saffron party’s new agenda is now catapulting the issues of local farmers rather than its candidate’s nomination.
According to reports, on Monday, BJP candidate Pradip Purohit grabbed media attention when he returned back from the Sub-Collector office here without filing his nomination.
Despite holding a massive procession to the Sub-Collector’s office, accompanied by Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan and MP Suresh Pujari, Purohit did not file the nomination.
According to the BJP, the decision was taken to respect the sentiments of farmers who have been on a dharna outside the Sub-Collector’s office.
When media persons asked Purohit regarding his nomination filing, he said, “I will not file my nomination until demands of farmers are met.”
Later, Pradip Purohit, Suresh Pujari, Dharmendra Pradhan, and other BJP leaders held discussions with the farmers and expressed solidarity with them. They also assured them that their demands will be looked into within 7 days.
Earlier yesterday, the farmers who are upset over the non-fulfillment of the demands had requested all candidates not to file nominations till their demands were met.
BJP on Saturday officially declared former MLA Pradeep Purohit as its candidate for the Padampur byelection.
While Barsha Singh Bariha, daughter of deceased MLA Bijay Singh Bariha will contest from the BJD side, Congress has fielded a three-time MLA Satya Bhusan Sahu for the Padampur by-election.