The BJP will field Sanat Kumar Gadtia against Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik in the Bijepur seat in the forthcoming Assembly Elections.
He had deserted the BJP for BJD in 2008, returned to the party before the Bijepur by-poll in February 2018.
BJP has fielded its state Vice President Pitambar Acharya to contest against CM Patnaik in the Hinjili Assembly seat.
For the first time, BJD Chief will contest from 2 Assembly seats- Hinjili and Bijepur.
Congress has replaced Ram Krishna Panda with Shambhunath Panigrahi in Hinjili.
Odisha will witness Assembly Elections and Lok Sabha Elections simultaneously in four phases, has 21 Lok Sabha and 147 Assembly seats.