Bhubaneswar: The announcement of the new president of the Odisha BJP unit is most likely be made on Thursday.
Announcing this at a press meet here on Wednesday, BJP assistant returning officer Sudipta Roy said that filing of nomination papers will begin at 3 pm on Thursday. The verification of the nomination papers will be done by 5.30 pm and candidates can withdraw nomination papers by 7.30 pm.
“It has been decided to elect the state party president with mutual consent. But if there is more than one candidate for the post, the election will be held on January 17 in presence of the two central party observers, Narendra Singh Tomar and Rajiv Pratap Rudy,” he added.
The post of the Odisha BJP president had fallen vacant after Basanta Panda was elected MP from Kalahandi during 2019 general elections.
Senior leaders Samir Mohanty and Prithivraj Harichandan are reportedly the frontrunners for the post of Odisha BJP president.