BJD's Rita Sahu secured 1,35,957 (73%) votes while BJP’s Gadtia got just 37,967 (20.63%), 15,515 less than he got contesting against Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik in April. The Congress polled a paltry 5,873 (3.19%) and lost its deposit
The imposing nine-century-old Emaar Mutt right in front of the temple, which provided a vantage platform for the high and mighty for viewing the Rath Yatra in the past, has been completely razed to the ground.
The fact that it took four long years for Odisha to get the Geographical Indication tag for its Rasagola is a severe indictment of the way the Odisha government has gone about the business of securing the recognition.
BJP’s enfant terrible Bijoy Mohapatra's loss in Odisha's Patkura assembly constituency proves for the umpteenth time that BJD chief Naveen Patnaik has perfected the art of winning elections and has no match in state politics
Lights were also back on the entire 3-km long Bada Danda (Grand Road) from the Jagannath temple gates to the Gundicha temple, the palace of the Gajapati King and the district hospitals, all on the Grand Road.