Odisha assembly

1. By 11:30 am, BJP led in 78 out of 147 seats in the Odisha assembly elections.
2. BJD trailed with 53 seats, and Congress was ahead in one seat.
3. In the Lok Sabha elections, BJP led in 19 out of 21 seats, while BJD led in 1 seat.

Bhubaneswar, June 04: By 03:30 am, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) surged ahead of Naveen Patnaik’s Biju Janata Dal (BJD) in the Odisha assembly elections, leading in 78 out of 147 seats.

The BJD trailed with 53 seats, while the Congress was ahead in one seat. In the Lok Sabha elections, the BJP led in 19 of 21 seats compared to the BJD’s 1 seat.

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik was leading in Hijili but trailing behind BJP’s Laxman Bag in Kantabanji.

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With trends available for 144 of the 147 assembly seats, the BJP was approaching the majority mark of 74 seats, leading in 76. The BJD followed with 53 seats, and the Congress was third with 12 seats.

The BJP performed strongly in northern, southern, and western Odisha, campaigning on the theme of Odia Asmita (Odia pride) and targeting Patnaik’s deputy, VK Pandian, a Tamil Nadu-born former IAS officer speculated to succeed Patnaik.

Despite Patnaik’s late campaign denial of Pandian as his successor, the BJP’s narrative had already taken hold.

Additionally, the BJP sought to erode the BJD’s support among women by promising a ₹50,000 cash voucher to women aged 23-59 through the Subhadra Yojana.

In the Lok Sabha elections, the BJP led in Sambalpur, Balasore, Aska, Bargarh, Bhubaneswar, Bolangir, Sundargarh, Jagatsinghpur, Kalahandi, Puri, Berhampur, Mayurbhanj, Bhadrak, Dhenkanal, Nabarangpur, Cuttack, Kendrapara, and Keonjhar. The BJD led in Jajpur and Aska, while the Congress-led in Koraput.