The AICC may ask any of the two working presidents to remain in charge till a regular president is announced or may appoint somebody in his place.
Party was able to improve its vote share from 7 per cent in 2009 to 42 per cent
Rudra Pratap Maharathy, BJD candidate and son of late Pradip Maharathy whose untimely death necessitated the poll, notched up 96,972 votes to defeat his rival Ashrit Pattanayak.
Some party workers thronged Congress Bhavan when the counting was midway and started shouting slogans against Patnaik demanding his resignation on moral ground.
BJD candidate Rudra Pratap Maharathy is leading by a margin of 9030 votes by the end of second round of counting against his BJP rival Ashrit Pattanayak.
Ten candidates including Rudra Pratap Maharathy of ruling BJD, Ashrit Pattanayak of BJP and Biswokeshan Harichandan of Congress are in the fray.
The by-election was necessitated following the death of BJD MLA Pradeep Maharathy in October last year.
Polling in some booths, however, were delayed due to technical glitches in the electronic voting machines, officials said.
No incident has been reported except technical glitches in EVMs which delayed polling in some booths
On Pipili bypolls, the CEO said that they have ensured that all the polling personnel and manpower deputed by candidates including polling and counting agents are fully vaccinated.
People were seen standing in queues outside the polling booths, where markings have been drawn on the ground to enable voters to maintain social distancing.
The CEO said 201 sensitive polling stations have been identified in the constituency where Central Police Force, micro observers or web cameras or a combination of these measures will be put in place.
The officer-in-charge and other personnel were away on patrolling duty to ensure the smooth passage of the upcoming Pipili by-poll.
He stated that a large number of people of the constituency whose houses were severely damaged by the cyclone are still waiting for housing assistance under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana.
She alleged that many ministers, ruling party legislators and local workers participated in the rally in violation of the Covid guidelines.