India, Oct. 3 -- Biju Janata Dal's electoral juggernaut continued to roll after the party won the bypolls to the Pipili assembly constituency in Puri district on Sunday signifying the party's readiness to take on its opponent BJP in next year's panchayat and urban body polls.

Bypolls in Pipili were held on September 30, with a record 78 per cent of the 2.29 lakh voters in the largely rural constituency flocking to the polling booths amid Covid-19 protocol.

Rudra Pratap Maharathy, the 32-year-old son of former BJD minister Pradip Maharathy who won the seat seven times, defeated his nearest BJP rival Ashrit Patnaik by nearly 21,000 votes, said returning officer Samarth Verma. The winning margin in the bypoll was higher than the 2019 assem...