Out of the 30,000 nomination papers filed for the sarpanch post, about 20,000 were from the ruling BJD with at least 15 per cent being rebels.
A resident of Dabri village under the GP, Sabar had contested the panchayat elections in 2007 but could not win.
As the filing of nomination papers entered the third day, the BJD leadership at the State and district-level were struggling to pacify the rival factions fighting for tickets.
Sujit Mahallick, a native of Poktunga village, left his job as assistant engineer in a private company and filed nominations papers as BJD candidate.
Of the nine panchayats in Swabhiman Anchal, Dhuliput witnessed the highest of five candidates filing nominations for ward member posts, one for samiti member and another for sarpanch.
Many areas in tribal-dominated Mayurbhanj are bereft of motorable roads, safe drinking water facilities, pucca houses and power supply.
The principal of government-run Maa Tarini Higher Secondary School has landed in trouble for organising an election meeting on the college premises.
The SEC said that observers should be watchful about the implementation of the model code of conduct during campaigning and should also ensure that no rallies are held.
After a two-day churning of the state BJP leadership with district functionaries, the saffron party decided to go to the people with issues over which it had launched state-wide agitation last year.
With the polls announced, leaders of political parties are beginning to show up but the shadow of fear looms.
BJP state in-charge D Purandeswari, on a two-day visit to the state, took a district-wise review of the party’s preparedness with district functionaries in virtual mode.
The candidates can undertake door-to-door campaigns with minimum supporters, maintain social distance and wear face masks without fail, the state government's Covid guidelines said.
The SEC warned that if a candidate or political party violated Covid-19 guidelines, they are liable for prosecution under suitable provisions of the Disaster Management Act, 2005.
Meanwhile, the Opposition political parties demanded postponement of the polls citing the third wave of the pandemic and lack of reservation for ST and OBC candidates.
There is a feeling among the BJD leaders that there is lack of any communication in the party which has affected its functioning.