Bhubaneswar: Ashwini Vaishnav today joined BJP officially at the party headquarters here.
Vaishnav, a former Indian Administrative Service officer, is the BJP’s candidate for Rajya Sabha by-elections whom the BJD is also supporting.
Vaishnav was the private secretary to former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. He has also worked in the State in various positions apart from his association with Vajpayee.
Notably, BJD president and Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik announced the names – Amar Patnaik and Sasmit Patra and Viashnav day as the party’s candidates for the Rajya Sabha by-elections slated to be held on July 5.
Later Patnaik clarified that Viashnav is the BJP candidate and BJD will support candidature.
The Biju Janata Dal has 112 members in the 146-seat State Assembly. With these numbers, the BJD could have won all the three Rajya Sabha vacancies from Odisha, but has announced support the candidature of Vaishnav.