India, April 18 -- A 32-year-old BJP leader was allegedly beaten to death by his BJD rivals in Odisha's Ganjam district on Wednesday night, police said, hours ahead of Thursday's polling in five Lok Sabha and 35 assembly constituencies in the state.

Five of Odisha's 21 Lok Sabha constituencies and 35 of 147 assembly seats are polling simultaneously on Thursday. While four Lok Sabha seats went to polls in the first phase last week, the remaining 12 and 84 assembly constituencies will vote on April 23 and 29.

In the latest incident of political violence, police said Bharatiya Janata Party worker Santosh Pati of Kadalijhola village under Lathipada gram panchayat of Soroda assembly constituency in Ganjam was killed late on Wednesday.

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