BJD’s Ranendra Pratap Swain won the Athagarh bypoll with 87,604 votes. Surendra Mohapatra of congress got 47,390 votes, BJP’s nominee Bikram Das in third position with only 2,377 votes. Thanking the people of Athagarh for his victory, Swain said “ I am extremely thankful to the people of Athagarh for bestowing their blessings upon me. It is not only the victory but of the electorate that voted for me.” Speaker Pradip Kumar Amat administrated him the oath of office and secrecy at his official chamber in the assbly premises. Parliamentary affairs minister Raghunath Mohanty and some senior members among others were present on the occasion. Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik also congratulated the people of Athagarh for supporting to this party.