Former Women and Child Development Minister and three-time BJD MLA from Hindol constituency, Anjali Behera lost the Panchayat Polls from Giridhari Prasad Panchayat by 826 votes.
While the ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD) is all set to create history by winning over 750 out of 851 Zilla Parishad Zones in the state, main opposition BJP, which had won 297 seats in 2017, is struggling to get past even the 50 mark!
Police official Smita Majhi, who was engaged in the Hikimput polling booth in Koraput District helped the elderly and Divyang voters reach the booth to cast their vote in the ongoing Panchayat elections.
Following the massive outrage over the assault on 3 Journalists of leading TV Channels of Odisha in Binjharpur in Jajpur, the Odisha Government swung into action and promised strong action.
Polling has begun for 186 Zilla Parishad zones across 30 districts of Odisha in the second phase Panchayat Polls today.
As Odisha goes for Panchayat polls, separate cases of violence were reported in several parts of the State.