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1.Electioneering is picking up at Baliguda in Kandhamal district and Champua of Keonjhar district, two newly-created Urban Local Bodies (ULB) of Odisha, which will go to polls on January 19.
2.As elections for these two new Notified Area Councils (NAC) are to be held for the first time, it has increased interest of voters as well as political parties. Baliguda, although a revenue sub-division headquarter of Kandhamal district, had become a NAC on December 22, 2014. Both Baliguda and Champua ULBs have 13 wards. Forty-two candidates are in the fray at Baliguda after scrutiny of nomination papers on January 4, while at Champua total number of candidates found eligible to contest the polls is 45. Three nomination papers were cancelled during scrutiny at Champua.
3.BJD, BJP and Congress are contesting in all the 13 wards of Baliguda.
4.Apart from them, there are three independent candidates.