The ruling BJP has claimed that the party-backed candidates emerged victorious on 67 of the 75 seats, the elections for which were held on Saturday.
As per the latest trends, out of 231 taluka panchayats in the state, the BJP is leading in 73, Congress in 11 and others in 3.
The panchayat elections were held on February 13 by Andhra Pradesh in the disputed areas, on which Odisha claims ownership.
Venkatram Reddy questioned the timing of the notification and asked why didn't SEC didn't call for the local body polls as soon as the tenure expired in 2018.
Facing anger over farm laws, party cites poor law & order in state.
Elections to the municipal corporations of Navi Mumbai, Aurangabad, Vasai-Virar, Kalyan-Dombivli and Kolhapur are due in 2021.
However, the new council will enjoy the advantage of having a clear majority, unlike the last term when it had to rule without a clear majority.