As the by-polls are set to hit Odisha, Union Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Dharmendra Pradhan has set for campaigning ahead of the polling. While addressing a gathering in Bijepur, Pradhan said, "In 18 years, CM Naveen babu failed to provide basic amenities such as drinking water, health care, electricity, education to villagers. How it's possible to provide all these livelihood things in 14 months." He added: "Naveen Patnaik forcibly wants to purchase polls in by-poll election. Naveen babu doesn't want to develop Bijepur on ground level. Government of Odisha has announced nothing in budget session in spite of Patnaik announcing several schemes for mind wash of Bijepur people." The ruling BJD, Congress and the BJP have started campaigning with their star campaigners in the region.