"I would like to announce name of Narendra Kumar Swain, general secretary of BJD, as the party's candidate for Rajya Sabha by-poll," Patnaik told reporters. Reacting to his selection, Swain cited,"I am grateful to the party chief for his decision. I will work for the party honestly."

The Odisha Assembly yesterday had issued a notification for the Rajya Sabha by-polls. The Rajya Sabha seat from Odisha fell vacant after demise of BJD member Kalpataru Das on July 25 this year.

Das' tenure as Rajya Sabha MP was till April 2, 2020. While the process for filing nomination began yesterday and will continue till December 3, verification of papers will be done on December 4 and the last date of withdrawal of nominations is on December 7.

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