Bhubaneswar: Senior BJP leader from Angul Minaketan Amat today joined the Biju Janata Dal (BJD) in the presence of party president and Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik here.
Similarly, senior Congress leader from Badachana in Jajpur district Janmenjay Lenka also joined the regional party in the presence of the Patnaik.
Patnaik welcomed both the senior leaders to the party fold and that their joining will certainly strengthen the party ahead of the elections.
Meanwhile, the joining of Amat and Lenka in the BJD has come as a jolt to BJP in Angul and Congress in Badachana ahead of the voting.
BJD has filed two veteran leaders – Rajanikant Singh from Angul Assembly constituency and Amar Prasad Satpathy from Badachana Assembly seat- for the upcoming election.