Chief Minister and BJD President Naveen Patnaik announced the names of Singhdeo and Singh for the by-elections slated to be held on July 3. (Agencies)
The by-elections were necessitated following the election of party leaders Sashi Bhushan Behera and RabinarayanMohapatra to the Odisha Assembly in the recently-held polls.
While Behera was elected from Jaydev Assembly segment, Mohapatra won the Ranapur seat.
Singhdeo, who is considered to be close to Patnaik, contested the assembly polls from Bolangir but was defeated by Congress stalwart Narasingh Mishra.
Singh, a Congress veteran who was the leader of opposition in the last Assembly, had quit the party and joined BJD a few days before the elections.
The BJD, which has 117 legislators in the 147-member assembly, is in a strong position for the by-polls to the Upper House of Parliament.
On June 12, BJD candidate and Odia film actor Anubhab Mohanty was elected unopposed to the Rajya Sabha after the nomination papers of the other two candidates were rejected.
Their papers were rejected during scrutiny on June 10 since they did not have the requisite number of proposers, sources said.
Chief Minister and BJD President Naveen Patnaik announced the names of Singhdeo and Singh for the by-elections slated to be held on July 3.